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Goal: An example of Coffeescript for beginner.

Here, I represent you, a cool template stack: Pug+Stylus+Coffeescript.

  1. HTML: Pug
  2. CSS: Stylus
  3. Javascript: Coffeescript

Source Examples

You can obtain source examples here:

Let’s get it on. Start with a little language that, compile into Javascript called Coffescript.


Official Documentation


You can convert your javascript to coffescript using


$ npm i -g coffeescript

Simple Source

Consider this indented coffescript document as below:

document.addEventListener 'DOMContentLoaded', (event) ->
  alertButtons = document.getElementsByClassName('dismissable')
  i = 0
  while i < alertButtons.length

    alertButtons[i].onclick = ->
      @parentElement.style.display = 'none'
      console.log 'Close Button. Element ' + @parentElement.id + ' dismissed'


It is very similar with Javascript, but without indentation style instead of semicolon.

Coffeescript: Coffeescript Source Code

Command Line

Now you can run this command, to compile the coffeescript into javascript representation:

$ coffee -c --bare js/script.coffee

And the result would be javascript code as below:

// Generated by CoffeeScript 1.12.7
document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function(event) {
  var alertButtons, i;
  alertButtons = document.getElementsByClassName('dismissable');
  i = 0;
  while (i < alertButtons.length) {
    alertButtons[i].onclick = function() {
      this.parentElement.style.display = 'none';
      console.log('Close Button. Element ' + this.parentElement.id + ' dismissed');
      return false;

Without the --bare options, your javascript will be in function safety wrapper.

(function() {

Coffeescript: Coffeescript Compilation Result

Internal Coffescript in Pug

This topic has been discussed in previous article.

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