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There is enough written about javascript on the web; I'm going to note down the tricks specific to my domain, k?

See also stream processing, UIs, audio, mathematics.


I think this is winning the javascript-extension race.

npm install -g typescript

VS Code, for example, is typescript-oriented.

Basic Howto

Handy patterns

But don't use any of these; simply treat it a a pure functional language as far as possible; it's simpler anyway.

Handy tools

Packaging and workflow

ARGH! Why can't we all just get along?


Build tools


We mostly use webpack, which is built on npm. webpack is a module bundler. This means webpack takes modules spread across multiple files with dependencies and a smaller number of files which include the functionality.

Webpack works by magic, as far as I can tell, and it has fearsomely complicated and poorly explained configuration, and tends to include multiple copies of everything that interact in a confusing and time-wasting way. Nonetheless, everyone uses it, so let's just ape them and then at least we will all fail together.

webpack.config.js has the actual configuration, which does various things. package.json lists the various libraries ("dependencies") that are assembled together by npm. It isn't specific to webpack, as all npm packages use it, but we use webpack here.

npm install --save-dev --upgrade \
    babel-cli \
    babel-core \
    babel-loader \
    babel-plugin-system-import-transformer \
    babel-plugin-transform-function-bind \
    babel-plugin-transform-object-rest-spread \
    babel-preset-es2015 \
    babel-preset-react \
    babel-preset-stage-0 \
    localforage \
    node-static \
    react \
    react-dom \
    react-redux \
    redux \
    redux-logger \
    redux-persist \
    redux-thunk \
    reselect \
    rxjs \
    serviceworker-webpack-plugin \
    source-map-loader \
    tone \
    webpack \
    webpack-dev-server \
    webrtc-adapter \

complete workflow tools

kill me now

Language extensions

Online collaboration

A major selling point of javascript is that it is the native language of the web; so you should be able to take advantage of it USING the web.

JS data compresssion