I followed up with the following free e-book, which I highly recommend:
I started looking into making a parser that took CoffeeScript and parsed it into PHP, and the farther I got spec'ing things out, the less the CoffeeScript syntax made sense for the context of PHP. So it would make more sense to start new, and create a new syntax that fits better. I'm assuming the same process may have occurred for CoffeeScript.
Anyways, as someone who greatly prefers Python over Ruby, I love using whitespace for blocks.
jQuery.tmpl is unmaintained, slow, and very broken. It may be worth changing the example.
However, I just tried taking one of your html files and converting it directly to epub (again, using calibre, which is free)..and it did a pretty good job.
I think if you can merge the chapters together and spend a bit of time tweaking it, you'll end up with a nice ebook.
ebook-convert ebook.txt ebook.epub --formatting-type markdown
Calibre also comes bundled with a bunch of command line tools which, in my opinion, are much nicer than Calibre itself.
The links point to URL's though.
Considering that JS is one of the most ubiquitous and popular languages today this is kind of a big deal.
Do you have specific criticisms of CoffeeScript? That would probably have made for a more productive comment.
I imagine it was downvoted for its aggressive wording, coupled with the poster's later commments about 'fanboyism'.
It is perhaps to-the-point, but I don't think it is aggressive to point out that CoffeeScript frequently shows up on the front page of HN. I am guessing that the comments about fanboyism and unfair down votes came as a response to a down vote, so the initial down vote couldn't be justified on those grounds.
As to the original question of the why CoffeeScript is so popular on HN, I too would like to know.
You seem to have missed this part of my response:
Having a real choice in that space is a big deal.
Yet, they might still be moved to give a short, high level answer to the OP's question.
Those fucking bastards! :)
The closest that I can see in approach to comments is that you have to be civil and not say things in you wouldn't say in real life. The original post was not guilty on any of those counts. By no means was it an rude or uncivil comment, I see no name calling and he did support his statement in subsequent comments. If you are going to be a baby about it and can't take being called a fanboy then please accept that being called fanboy is uncivil and push to include that into the approach to comments.