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Why I decided to discontinue PyExecJS and Python-CoffeeScript ?

What is PyExecJS and Python-CoffeeScript.

They are Python libraries that I developped on 2011.

  • PyExecJS: Automatically picks the best runtime available to evaluate your JavaScript program.
  • Python-CoffeeScript: A bridge to the JS CoffeeScript compiler.

They are ports of ruby gems with same name (execjs and ruby-coffee-script).

The aim of them were to compile CoffeeScript code on Windows XP. It was difficult and tangled to install Ruby, NodeJS or V8 (at least, I thought so). What I could use were builtin JScript and Python (which is installed with installer).

Current status

EOL. PyExecJS and Python-CoffeeScript are no longer maintananced. Bugs are not be fixed (even if they are trivial or essential).

We suggest to use other library or to make a fork.

Reason of EOL #1: node is available on Windows

Currently, NodeJS works on Windows 10.

  • To execute JavaScript snippet, We can use subprocess.check_output(['node', ...]).
  • To compile CoffeeScript code, we can use build tool such as WebPacker.

So, I think that PyExecJS and Python-CoffeeScript are useless (for my original purpose).

Reason of EOL #2: It seems that PyExecJS is improperly used

It seems for me that PyExecJS is mainly used as a bridge to NodeJS.

However, As a bridge to NodeJS, PyExecJS is badly designed. It is because I designed (cloned) PyExecJS as a adapter to cover-up difference of JS engines (NodeJS, PyV8, JScript, etc..). So, PyExecJS does not support NodeJS specific features (such as to specify NODE_ENV). It is difficult to add features while keeping consistency with original design.

If we want to call NodeJS function from Python, I think we should use raw subprocess.check_output or an single purpose library.

Thanks

Thanks for using PyExecJS and Python-CoffeeScript, for sending merge requests and issues.

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dima734 commented Feb 21, 2019

hi can you make library to make possible compile coffee from python? that exactly what im looking for, but you said it no longer maintained

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