Setting up ES6
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Setting up ES6

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About the Author

Axel Rauschmayer
Axel Rauschmayer

Axel specializes in JavaScript and web development. He teaches classes for Ecmanauten, blogs at, holds talks and workshops at conferences and organizes the MunichJS user group.

Axel has been writing about ECMAScript 6 since early 2011.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. About this book
  • 2. Deploying ECMAScript 6
    • 2.1 Using ECMAScript 6 today
    • 2.2 ES6 REPLs
    • 2.3 Transpilation tools
    • 2.4 Other useful ES6 tools and libraries
    • 2.5 The future: native ES6
    • 2.6 Are there ES6 features that can’t be transpiled to ES5?
  • 3. Babel setups for browsers and Node.js
    • 3.1 npm and local installs
    • 3.2 Source maps
    • 3.3 Browser setup: ES6 via webpack and Babel
    • 3.4 Node.js setup: Dynamically transpiled ES6 via Babel
    • 3.5 Node.js setup: Statically transpiled ES6 via Babel
  • 4. Configuring Babel 6
    • 4.1 Installing Babel 6
    • 4.2 Configuration data
    • 4.3 Sources of configuration data
    • 4.4 More information
  • 5. Babel: configuring standard library and helpers
    • 5.1 Overview
    • 5.2 External dependencies of transpiled code
    • 5.3 External dependencies via global variables
    • 5.4 External dependencies via module imports
    • 5.5 What should I use when?
  • 6. Babel’s loose mode
    • 6.1 Two modes
    • 6.2 Example: the output of normal mode and loose mode
  • 7. Babel and CommonJS modules
    • 7.1 ES6 modules vs. CommonJS modules
    • 7.2 How Babel compiles ES6 modules to CommonJS
    • 7.3 How Babel imports CommonJS modules
    • 7.4 Recommendations
  • 8. The future of bundling JavaScript modules
    • 8.1 Why we bundle modules
    • 8.2 JavaScript modules
    • 8.3 Future developments and bundling
    • 8.4 Further reading

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