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Re: [Help-librejs] Make LibreJS friendlier for web developers

From: Nik Nyby
Subject: Re: [Help-librejs] Make LibreJS friendlier for web developers
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:39:17 -0500

Kuno Woudt <address@hidden> writes:

> The important thing IMO is to take this part of librejs and separate it
> into an independent library, so it can be re-used by others to build a
> command-line testing tool, or an online testing tool, or as a plugin for
> some fancy IDE, or etc...

Yeah, thanks for clarifying this key point, Kuno. It would be useful to
have the core LibreJS code refactored into a library that people could
use however they wanted to. It won't be an easy task since the analysis
code in LibreJS is designed so specifically to run with Mozilla's add-on

I think a good approach on starting an independent library for LibreJS
would be to use the LibreJS code not directly, but as inspiration. Off
the top of my head it seems really complicated. One question that comes
to mind: 
  - Will this library need to have a headless browser component, to make
HTTP requests to web pages and all their JavaScript dependencies? If so,
would jsdom or PhantomJS work?

I'll do some experimenting this weekend and see if I can find a path
forward for this library. I'm thinking I should do this with node.js
because it would be worth it to write this library primarily in
JavaScript. Then it can be used by browser-based implementations of

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