Over a million developers have joined DZone.

CoffeeScript is the fresh air

DZone's Guide to

CoffeeScript is the fresh air

· Web Dev Zone
Free Resource

Start coding today to experience the powerful engine that drives data application’s development, brought to you in partnership with Qlik.

When I started using Ruby and Rails in 2004 I immediately knew that Rails was going to be huge. At that time I was working mostly with Java.

Ruby and Rails brought so much joy to my programming world that it was kind of a revolution in my programming passion. This revolution is still going on, I'm still happy with Ruby and Rails even if I sometimes criticize some aspects of it.

There is however a new thing that triggered a new (r)evolution in my programming world.

This thing is called CoffeeScript.

I know that Coffee is only a "patch" to JavaScript, but for me this slight change is huge. The syntax is the prettiest combination of Ruby and Python that I have ever seen.

The code written in Coffee is so pretty that it almost allows you to think at new levels of abstraction. Yes, it's that huge to me.

I never especially liked working with JavaScript on the front-end. I preferred to focus on Ruby backends. Now it's harder to me to switch from frontend code to server Ruby code.

I still love Ruby, but CoffeeScript is officially becoming my new passion, equal to Ruby. If you haven't given it a try, then you should. It's so worth it.

From http://andrzejonsoftware.blogspot.com/2011/12/coffeescript-is-fresh-air.html

Create data driven applications in Qlik’s free and easy to use coding environment, brought to you in partnership with Qlik.


Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.


Dev Resources & Solutions Straight to Your Inbox

Thanks for subscribing!

Awesome! Check your inbox to verify your email so you can start receiving the latest in tech news and resources.


{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}