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From: James M. Greene <james.m.greene@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:09:04 -0500
Message-ID: <CALrbKZhE4KYQZupHumTr0Zdxo998BF7bdy1OKhmjtw3fMWXJXw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Robert Hanson <hansonr@stolaf.edu>
Cc: David Rajchenbach-Teller <dteller@mozilla.com>, public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>, "Greeves, Nick" <ngreeves@liverpool.ac.uk>, Olli Pettay <olli@pettay.fi>
ES6 is short for ECMAScript, 6th Edition, which is the next version of the
standard specification that underlies the JavaScript programming language.

All modern browsers currently support ES5 (ECMAScript, 5th Edition) and
some parts of ES6. IE7-8 supported ES3 (ES4 was rejected, so supporting ES3
was really only being 1 version behind at the time).

In ES6, there is [finally] a syntax introduced for importing and exporting
"modules" (libraries, etc.).  For some quick examples, you can peek at
the ECMAScript
wiki <http://wiki.ecmascript.org/doku.php?id=harmony:modules_examples>.

A transpiler is a tool that can take code written in one version of the
language syntax and convert it to another [older] version of that language.
 In the case of ES6, you'd want to look into using es6-module-transpiler
<http://esnext.github.io/es6-module-transpiler/> to convert ES6-style
imports/exports into an AMD (asynchronous module definition)
<https://github.com/amdjs/amdjs-api/blob/master/AMD.md> format.

That is, of course, assuming that your Java2Script translation could be
updated to output ES6 module syntax.

Sincerely,
    James Greene



On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM, Robert Hanson <hansonr@stolaf.edu> wrote:

> Can you send me some reference links? "transpiler"? "ES6 Module"? I
> realize that what I am doing is pretty wild -- direct implementation of
> Java in JavaScript -- but it is working so fantastically. Truly a dream
> come true from a code management point of view. You should check it out.
>
> As far as I can see, what I would need if I did NOT implement async
> throughout Jmol is a suspendable JavaScript thread, as in Java. Is that on
> the horizon?
>
> Bob Hanson
>
> ‚Äč
>
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