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Using ES6 with npm today (mammal.io)
23 points by jallardice 1058 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 7 comments



Wow, I wish this had been posted a few days ago when I was going through the same bewilderment. There doesn't seem to be very many ES6 projects on npm, so examples are few and it took a bit of trial and error to get it right. I basically ended up with a very similar set of code for my project... https://github.com/lookfirst/gulp-helpers/


The last part is missing : how should non-ES6 Node scripts require the ES6 components ?


The transpilers will compile the module into an object you can require normally. The default export is under { "default": ... } and the other exported properties are under their exported names.

The real fun part is going the other direction: using non-ES6 modules inside ES6 code. Using 6to5ify (now babelify), I had the issue that I couldn't access the `exports` variable, only properties on it.


I've not had any problems with importing non-ES6 modules into ES6 code. To use Express for example you can simply do `import express from 'express'`. If you only need access to one or two properties of the exported object you can use the destructuring syntax to just get references to them: `import { hash, compare } from 'bcrypt'`


You're right, this would have been a good final section. However it's pretty straightforward as Babel compiles `export` syntax to Node's `module.exports` format by default which means you can require them in the usual way. It also compiles `import` syntax to the normal `require` calls.


They should simply use standard node js require. The author forgot to specify common js interop option in babel.

babel --modules common -d lib/ src/


That's actually the default, but you can specify a different module system if you like. https://babeljs.io/docs/usage/modules/




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