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jason chan
jason chan
31,008 Points

What's the difference between coffeescript vs javascript?

What's the difference between coffeescript and javascript? Should I learn coffeescript because I don't like curlies?

5 Answers

CoffeeScript is basically just a shorthand form of JavaScript. It's used by JavaScript developers who enjoy the readability it adds to their code -- increasing productivity by writing, and reading, less code in any given program.

Although your source CoffeeScript code may look a little different in terms of syntax (no curly braces etc.), it does get transcomplied (translated in a sense) to full JavaScript -- which is when it becomes executable in an environment like a web browser. Similar to how Sass/LESS get transcompiled to CSS.

So, I think you'll find it extremely important to learn JavaScript first, since it will be very difficult (or sometimes impossible) to debug your programs without an understanding of the underlying language.

With patience, you will eventually get used to curly braces. :-)

Tantalizea Lacaden
Tantalizea Lacaden
1,890 Points

I thought the question was just a joke! Good to know what CoffeeScript is :)

Just a comment, I didn't even know there was a coffeescript...interesting play on the name...now of course I'm wondering if there'll be things like Americanoscript or Mochascript to cover some other areas that Java or Coffee scripts don't. Apparently programmers like their coffee! :-D

Well Abbymann, you'll be happy to hear that there already is a JavaScript test framework called "Mocha"... which runs "Chai" assertions, of course.

But, I think you've really struck gold with "AmericanoScript"! Personally, I'm looking forward to "OrangeMochaFrappuccinoScript" myself.

^ underrated comment is underrated! Thanks for the laugh. Y'all are a lot more fun than those boring ole' dotards in Vinti-half-caff-caramel-vanilla-soy-latte-Script.

Godfrey M
Godfrey M
Courses Plus Student 2,696 Points

hi developers this is interesting hahaha .. mochascript ,chaiscriptf..funny , the best would be expressoscript because this tough as programing .hands down to develop it and good luck to ya 'all

Christian Emenike
Christian Emenike
3,787 Points

and here I thought teascript would be great. Must it always be coffee?

love the names, really