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From Gord Tanner <>
Subject Re: Unified phonegap javascript layer incorperating modules / plugins
Date Fri, 18 Nov 2011 16:47:29 GMT
I would also love to see an AMD module example, in fact you can see that I
am basically using a define statement in the build script:

We have the luxury of having a compile step for PhoneGap which allows us to
use the CommonJS approach and syntax without really worrying about sync vrs
async loading or the other weird problems attempting to handle CommonJS
modules the browser brings.

The main reason I have used CommonJS in this project and in the past is the
ability to run unit tests in nodeJS.  This was an amazing boost in
development time for Ripple and just felt nice to develop in.  Also it
feels like CommonJS is the way Harmony is headed and the optimism of "it
will all just work" is a powerful driver for my choice.

On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 4:27 AM, Patrick Mueller <> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 02:50, Brian LeRoux <> wrote:
> > So in short, CommonJS gives us:
> >
> > - better performance
> > - better aesthetics
> > - closer to the future
> >
> +1 on all that
> > +1 for AMD
> >
> um, what? :-)
> Seems pretty clear that we will have to easily tolerate AMD - I'm sure IBM
> folk will be using Dojo, which uses AMD-style loading.  While we could try
> what Node did for a couple weeks - implement a define() function - this
> doesn't seem feasible as the API surface for define() is quite large; eg,
> requireJS and Dojo both support "plugins" somehow.  But requireJS has some
> kind of shim they can use to run in Node, and I suspect we would want to
> aim for that shim also working with us.  Not clear to me if Dojo has a
> similiar shim (dunno, but doubt they could share requireJS's shim).
> Another nice things about using CommonJS/node style modules is that
> consuming existing npm modules is a snap.  I've found this to be true for
> some personal projects I've worked on, using modjewel, the CommonJS-styled
> loader I use for weinre.
> --
> Patrick Mueller

Gord Tanner
Senior Developer / Code Poet
tinyHippos Inc.

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