I often find myself wanting to play with a dependency in IEx. If it’s a dependency not yet in my project or if the project takes some work to set up, my go-to solution is to create a brand new project, add the desired dependency, and try it out. This works, but I end up with lots of throwaway projects to delete, and I’m looking for a simpler solution.
Unable to find anything better I hacked together a mix task for trying dependencies
But I’m wondering if I’ve overlooked a better approach. I thought Mix.Local.Installer.fetch/3 may hold what I’m looking for, but most of the functions it uses seem to take a “get in, do what I want, and get out” approach, whereas I want things to be available in IEx.
Any ideas where I could be looking?