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Using JavaScript Libraries from ClojureScript

Using JavaScript libraries from ClojureScript involves two distinct concerns:

  1. Packaging the code and delivering it to the browser
  2. Making ClojureScript code that accesses JavaScript libraries safe for advanced optimization

Right now, the only single tool that solves these probems reliably, optimally, and with minimal configuration is shadow-cljs, and so that is what I favor. In paricular, shadow-cljs lets you install npm modules using npm or yarn and uses the resulting package.json to bundle external dependencies. Below I describe why, what alternatives there are, and what solutions I disfavor at this time.

Packaging and Delivering Code

View gist:d095656ae0f0eca4a83ebb2b331da367

Rich Already Answered That!

A list of commonly asked questions, design decisions, reasons why Clojure is the way it is as they were answered directly by Rich (even when from many years ago, those answers are pretty much valid today!). Feel free to point friends and colleagues here next time they ask (again). Answers are pasted verbatim (I've made small adjustments for readibility, but never changed a sentence) from mailing lists, articles, chats.

How to use:

  • The link below in the summary jumps at the answer on this page.
  • The link on the question itself points back at the original post.


View externs_for_cljs.clj
(ns n01se.externs-for-cljs
(:require [ :as io]
[cljs.compiler :as comp]
[cljs.analyzer :as ana]))
(defn read-file [file]
(let [eof (Object.)]
(with-open [stream (clojure.lang.LineNumberingPushbackReader. (io/reader file))]
(vec (take-while #(not= % eof)
(repeatedly #(read stream false eof)))))))