Thursday, August 03, 2006

You want REPL's? We got REPL's!

JavaScript programming desperately needs development tools. Luckily, it's got some.
It took me a long, long time to find a command-line shell I could build in Windows with nothing more than ./configure, make, make install.


Matt Estes said...

Personally, what I would really like is a Javascript compiler to write general applications in(servers, desktop apps, games via OpenGL/SDL bindings, etc.).

Love the stuff that's in the works for Javascript 2, but hey, I'm a LtU junkie...

Yep, I may just have to write that Javascript 2 compiler if no one else will... so you guys need to hurry :)

Dave Herman said...

You might consider XUL apps, which I believe are desktop UI's programmed with JavaScript. I've never tried it myself. (Be aware, though, that JavaScript is stubbornly single-threaded: you'll get one single-threaded event queue, and that's all you'll get.)

Matt Estes said...

I've looked at XUL before, but its not practical for all the applications I have in mind.

Some of it is that I want to be able use JavaScript "standalone" in the way you would use C or Java, for example, and even allow use of C libraries(not entirely a fun problem...).

As far as single threading goes, I currently have an interpreted workflow language with Erlang style lightweight threading primitives, and my success with that inspires me that I could extend JavaScript in a similar manner.

hyperstruct said...

I'll have to admit to some REPL addiction myself.

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