CoffeeScript Application Development - Ian Young

GoodReads Summary: What JavaScript user wouldnt want to be able to dramatically reduce application development time This book will teach you the clean, elegant CoffeeScript language and show you how to build stunning applications. Overview Learn the ins and outs of the CoffeeScript language, and understand how the transformation happens behind the scenes Use practical examples to put your new skills to work towards building a functional web application, written entirely in CoffeeScript Understand the language concepts from short, easy-to-understand examples which can be practised by applying them to your ongoing project In Detail JavaScript is becoming one of the key languages in web development. It is now more important than ever across a growing list of platforms. CoffeeScript puts the fun back into JavaScript programming with elegant syntax and powerful features. CoffeeScript Application Development will give you an in-depth look at the CoffeeScript language, all while building a working web application. Along the way, youll see all the great features CoffeeScript has to offer, and learn how to use them to deal with real problems like sprawling codebases, incomplete data, and asynchronous web requests. Through the course of this book you will learn the CoffeeScript syntax and see it demonstrated with simple examples. As you go, youll put your new skills into practice by building a web application, piece by piece. Youll start with standard language features such as loops, functions, and string manipulation. Then, well delve into advanced features like classes and inheritance. Learn advanced idioms to deal with common occurrences like external web requests, and hone your technique for development tasks like debugging and refactoring. CoffeeScript Application Development will teach you not only how to write CoffeeScript, but also how to build solid applications that run smoothly and are a pleasure to maintain.


In these days of ECMAScript 6, it's nice to see where a bunch of ideas of it came from.

Coffee is a lot like the new JavaScript standard (just a bit more brackets). The book manages to explain and show all the little nice things about it, keeping a single application from start to finish, which helps a lot in understanding the flows of it.

I just got a bit miffed with the upbeat tone of the book. It's not a full Pollyanna, but a lot of "that looks a lot cleaner, don't it?" and "It's even prettier than normal Javascript" gets into you pretty quick.