Babel Alternatives

    Babel is described as 'generic multi-purpose compiler for JavaScript. Using Babel you can use (and create) the next generation of JavaScript, as well as the next generation of JavaScript tooling' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Babel for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Node.JS. The best alternative is Typescript, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Babel are Dart (Free, Open Source), Kotlin (Free, Open Source), CoffeeScript (Free, Open Source) and Haxe (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 28, 2019

    1. TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. It is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript in any browser, any host, any OS and it is Open Source.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Online
      Dart (originally called Dash) is a Web programming language developed by Google. It was unveiled at the GOTO conference in Aarhus, 2011 October 10-12. The goal of Dart is "ultimately to replace JavaScript as the lingua franca of web development on the open web platform.


    2. Kotlin is a cross-platform, statically typed, general-purpose programming language with type inference.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Online
      CoffeeScript is a little language that compiles into JavaScript. Underneath all those awkward braces and semicolons, JavaScript has always had a gorgeous object model at its heart. CoffeeScript is an attempt to expose the good parts of JavaScript in a simple way.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Raspberry Pi
      Haxe is an open source toolkit based on a modern high level strictly typed programming language, a state-of-the-art light-speed cross-compiler, a complete cross-platform standard library, and ways to access to each platform's native capabilities.
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      Elm aims to make web development more pleasant. Elm is a type-safe, functional reactive language that compiles to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
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    3. Hack is a programming language for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP. Hack reconciles the fast development cycle of PHP with the discipline provided by static typing, while adding many features commonly found in other modern programming languages.
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    4. LiveScript is a language which compiles down to JavaScript. It is a fork of Coco which is in turn derived from CoffeeScript. Like those two it has a relatively straightforward mapping to JavaScript.
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      Script# brings the power and productivity of C# and .NET tools to Ajax development by compiling C# source code into regular JavaScript.
    5. RapydScript is a pre-compiler for JavaScript, similar to CoffeeScript, but with cleaner, more readable syntax. The syntax is very similar to Python, but allows JavaScript as well.
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