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How about exposing an API for dev tools similar to the "swank" protocol that Emacs uses for editing Lisp code? I know there are people doing stuff like this already, but it would obviously be a lot easier if there were a nice protocol for it (ideally standardized across browsers...). I want to be able to seamlessly interact with a running Firefox instance from my editor or IDE, sending it snippets of code to evaluate and seeing my page change in real-time.



Not only are people doing this, but they're doing it with swank (as far as I know). Check out swank-js[1]. There is a really cool demo of on EmacsRocks[2].

[1]: https://github.com/swank-js/swank-js

[2]: http://emacsrocks.com/e11.html

But yeah, some sort of more official or maybe more extensive support would be pretty cool too.

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Just FYI: You can do exactly this with the latest Light Table[1]. :)

[1]: http://www.chris-granger.com/2013/02/27/light-table-030-expe...

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That's interesting. I'll look at that. Thanks.

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If using swank is impractical, the Clojure community is in the process of shifting from swank to nrepl. I haven't looked into the details of either but wanted to point out another option.

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