February 18, 2015
On this day in 1930, Clyde Tombaugh was looking over some photographs and discovered that loveable, eccentric lump of rock and ice we call Pluto. You'll always be a planet in our hearts.
New in this edition:
- Automating setup with the Grunt task runner
- Using CoffeeScript classes with the Backbone framework
- Using CoffeeScript's simple callback syntax to interact with the Express framework
- A new chapter on client-side and server-side testing with Mocha
- A new project that gives you hands-on experience with browser-side and server-side CoffeeScript
Top 5 Ways the CoffeeScript World Has Evolved
by Trevor Burnham
Next-generation build tools. Grunt and its ilk make it much easier to manage complex project toolchains with scripts for compiling, minifying, and running code during development. That's great news for CoffeeScripters working outside of Rails.
The spread of Node. When the first edition of the book came out, Windows users had to use an emulated Linux environment like Cygwin to use Node-based CoffeeScript tools. Node has come a long way since then. You probably already have it on your machine, and if you don't, it's a breeze to install.
A mature community. Top-tier tech companies like 37signals and GitHub use CoffeeScript production, and the style of CoffeeScript code has become more standardized as a result. Plus, it's easy to find help on Stack Overflow.
Now in print and shipping from pragprog.com/book/tbcoffee2.
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