Writing and saving Touch Develop scripts
This repo contains the source code of the Touch Develop editor. If you are
intending to write Touch Develop scripts, you want to go to the web app at
- stable: https://www.touchdevelop.com/app/
- beta: https://www.touchdevelop.com/app/beta
- latest: https://www.touchdevelop.com/app/latest
You can save a Touch Develop script from the web app by clicking the
Save button on
the script's home page. This will create a JSON file that you can save. You can later
drag-and-drop that file into the web app (running locally or via the web site) to load
the script again.
Other pages of interest:
- landing page: https://www.touchdevelop.com
- blog: https://www.touchdevelop.com/blog
- Hour Of Code tutorials: https://www.touchdevelop.com/hoc
What's in this repo?
The repo is mostly written in TypeScript with tiny pieces of HTML gluing.
This repo contains the source code for:
- the browser client
- the compiler
- the editor
- the runtime
- the node.js client
The cloud backend for Touch Develop is available in TouchDevelop-backend repo. It was originally written in Touch Develop itself (see script tdlite if you're interested) and was later converted to TypeScript. It is currently used for the BBC micro:bit as well as https://www.touchdevelop.com.
There are many ways to contribute to Touch Develop.
- submit bugs and help us verify fixes as they are checked in.
- review the source code changes
- contribute bug fixes or features.
If you're not a developer but still would like to help, we've got more tasks for you!
- help translate the user interface: do you use Touch Develop and speak a foreign language? You can help!
- clone a copy of the repo:
git clone https://github.com/Microsoft/TouchDevelop.git
- change to the Touch Develop directory:
- install dependencies:
npm install jake -g npm install tsd@next -g tsd reinstall npm install
There's different ways to build and run Touch Develop:
- just build:
You can generate source maps by defining the env variable
export TD_SOURCE_MAPS=1 # optional, will slow down your build
- build and run locally:
- run packaged as a [nwjs] app:
- run the test suite
Arduino compilation on Windows
These steps install the tools for Windows (+ extras to handle the Arduino compilation scenarios)
- install Chocolatey
- install nodejs, Visual Studio Code
choco install -y nodejs git visualstudiocode arduino python2 pip
You can use your favorite editor to edit the TypeScript file. Here are a couple tips:
- Visual Studio Code, cross platform editor for TypeScript. Simply open the folder in Code.
- Atom: there are a number of packages that will give you TypeScript coloring
All the docs are available online at https://www.touchdevelop.com/docs.
The docs are authored as Touch Develop scripts in Touch Develop itself. You can fork them and send pull requests from Touch Develop itself to update them.
More handy commands
Our catch-all tool is
build/client.js, which is compiled from
tools/client.ts. Some of the common invocations of
exposed as Jake targets.
# assumes TD_UPLOAD_KEY and TD_UPLOAD_USER are set, uploads a new test build jake upload
Find out about other commands directly:
client.js is built by default.
The various directories in the tree
ast: contains the lexer, parser, type-checker and ast definitions for the Touch Develop language
editor: the Touch Develop user interface that drives the website: hub, script list, editor itself
generated: files needed for the build that are re-generated manually once in a while
lib: the libraries exposed to Touch Develop scripts, written in TypeScript
libcordova: Apache Cordova specific implementations
libnode: Node.JS specific implementations
libwinRT: (deprecated) WinRT specific implementations
mc: Minecraft bindings
noderunner: runs in the cloud, and parses Touch Develop scripts / compiles them by responding to requests on
node-webkit: configuration files for the node-webkit app creation
officemix: office mix app host
rt: various run-time support libraries for the Touch Develop application: in-browser storage, cloud connection, promises, DOM utilities...
runner: the run-time system for generated Touch Develop apps; that is, once a Touch Develop script is packaged as an app (webapp, cordova app, etc.),
runner.jsis the runtime system and the stub is in
shell: shell app used by Azure and node-webkit; basically a way to serve files locally
storage: code for syncing your locally-stored scripts and the cloud storage, in the Touch Develop application
tools: internal tools that are part of the build (pre-processing)
webapp: the stub file that is used to generate the HTML5 Web App when exporting a script
www: the base files that make up the Touch Develop website (html and css)
Structure of the generated website / app
When packaged, as the website or as an app, the directory structure is flat.
That is, the CSS and HTML files from
www/ as well as the generated
build/ all end up in the same directory. That way,
index.html can refer
main.js without worrying.
When running locally (via
jake local), the local node server knows where to find
the right files to give the illusion that all files are in the
directory of the web server.
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