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turns out (no surprise) that CoffeeScript is a great way to develop
Here are the top resources I've found so far on AngularJS and
CoffeeScript, with publication dates. Things are moving fast
with AngularJS and there are a lot of outdated questions and answers on
Stack Overflow, so you should always carefully check dates and versions
when researching. For example, just a few months ago you couldn't use
CoffeeScript classes as AngularJS controllers, but nowadays, as shown in this jsFiddle
, you can!
Probably the most highly-linked article is Alexander Hill's CoffeeScript and AngularJS
(July 2013). Alex gives the usual compelling arguments for CoffeeScript readability,
and also shows an example of an AngularJS service that uses CoffeeScript
classes instead of directly modifying a function's prototype. Rocky
Jaiswal's short post Angular.js Hacks
(May 2013) provides additional examples of using CoffeeScript classes for controllers, services, and directives. The Post 4 Lessons Learned Doing Angular On Rails
a section on "Angular models as Coffeescript classes" that is unrelated
to Rails (the post also has good info on Rails and AngularJS).
Of course, keep in mind that just because you can use
CoffeeScript classes, you don't have to, even though it looks cool.
Unless there's some reason you need object-oriented features (most
likely inheritance), a simple function is usually the best approach.
and Angular Espresso
are open-source reference applications that use CoffeeScript with
AngularJS. Angular Espresso looks a bit dated, with a Cakefile build and
last updated 5 months ago. AngularFun is actively maintained, with a Grunt.js
build; I recommend checking out its Gruntfile.coffee
Of course, if you want the latest and greatest Gruntfile for your AngularJS project, you should probably generate it with Yeoman
I didn't find any tutorials demonstrating the CoffeeScript support (provided by the --coffee option) in the Yeoman generator for AngularJS
but I've used it myself and it works for me. If I don't hear of
anything, I will likely write more about Yeoman, Grunt.js, AngularJS,
and CoffeeScript in a future post on CoffeeScript Love