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Flavio Copes

A short and simple guide to Babel

Just getting started with Babel? Read this guide from Flavio Copes — it's short, so maybe 2-3 minutes to skim or 10 minutes to read. Babel is an awesome tool, and it’s been around for quite some time, but nowadays almost every JavaScript developer relies on it, and this will continue going on, because Babel is now indispensable and has solved a big problem for everyone. Babel is a compiler: it takes code written in one standard, and it transpiles it to code written into another standard.


Henry Zhu

Babel 7 released

After almost 2 years, 4k commits, over 50 pre-releases, and a lot of help we are excited to announce the release of Babel 7. It's been almost 3 years since the release of Babel 6! There's a lot of moving parts so please bear with us in the first weeks of release. Babel's role in the JavaScript ecosystem... Babel is fundamental to JavaScript development today. There are currently over 1.3 million dependent repos on GitHub, 17 million downloads on npm per month, and hundreds of users including many major frameworks (React, Vue, Ember, Polymer), and companies (Facebook, Netflix, Airbnb). It has become such a foundation for JavaScript development that many people don't even know that it is being used. Even if you aren't using it yourself, it's highly likely your dependencies are using Babel.


Henry Zhu

I wasn't ready to become the maintainer of Babel

I wasn't ready to become the maintainer of Babel. After all, I had never published my own npm package or explored much of the codebase. But slowly (sometimes really slowly) I got used to it. I recall Kent C. Dodds saying that if you want to be a maintainer, just act like and do the things a maintainers does. Sounds easy enough 🤣. I particularly enjoyed the linked post on imposter syndrome from Rachel Smith.

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