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CoffeeScript Application Development

By : Ian Greenleaf Young
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CoffeeScript Application Development

By: Ian Greenleaf Young

Overview of this book

JavaScript is becoming one of the key languages in web development. It is now more important than ever across a growing list of platforms. CoffeeScript puts the fun back into JavaScript programming with elegant syntax and powerful features. CoffeeScript Application Development will give you an in-depth look at the CoffeeScript language, all while building a working web application. Along the way, you'll see all the great features CoffeeScript has to offer, and learn how to use them to deal with real problems like sprawling codebases, incomplete data, and asynchronous web requests. Through the course of this book you will learn the CoffeeScript syntax and see it demonstrated with simple examples. As you go, you'll put your new skills into practice by building a web application, piece by piece. You'll start with standard language features such as loops, functions, and string manipulation. Then, we'll delve into advanced features like classes and inheritance. Learn advanced idioms to deal with common occurrences like external web requests, and hone your technique for development tasks like debugging and refactoring. CoffeeScript Application Development will teach you not only how to write CoffeeScript, but also how to build solid applications that run smoothly and are a pleasure to maintain.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
CoffeeScript Application Development
About the Author
About the Reviewers


This chapter wasn't all fun and games, but it was worth it. We installed CoffeeScript and got everything configured properly. We also tried out some command-line tools to see how CoffeeScript development works, and to whet our appetites for more. We:

  • Walked through the steps of installing Node.js (the platform that CoffeeScript uses to run)

  • Installed CoffeeScript itself

  • Tried out the CoffeeScript console, and learned to compile files with the command-line tool

  • Built a very simple web page, and learned how to use the command-line tool to automatically recompile when we change our CoffeeScript files

Now we're all set up and ready to dive into the language itself, which is exactly what we'll do in the next chapter! We'll start by learning the basic syntax of CoffeeScript, and we'll get to see how it works and how it is related to JavaScript. We'll learn about variables, functions, loops, data structures, and more, and we'll get to play around with a lot of code samples. I hope you've got your command line ready!