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feature request: custom helpers #6487

NodeGuy opened this issue Oct 15, 2017 · 5 comments


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commented Oct 15, 2017

From the README for babel-helpers:

NOTE: This package is only meant to be used by the packages inluded in this repository. There is currently no way for third-party plugins to define an helper.

I would like to be able to write a third-party plugin that defines its own helper.


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commented Oct 15, 2017

Hey @NodeGuy! We really appreciate you taking the time to report an issue. The collaborators
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so it's possible this won't be addressed swiftly.

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commented Oct 15, 2017

Just to be clear, you want to override some of Babel's helper functions like the spread syntax one? Or do you want to inject a function during your own transformation?

Could you please add an example?


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commented Oct 15, 2017

Thank you for asking. I would like to write my own version of asyncToGenerator for my plugin.

helpers.asyncToGenerator = defineHelper(`
export default function _asyncToGenerator(fn) {
return function () {
var self = this, args = arguments;
return new Promise(function (resolve, reject) {
var gen = fn.apply(self, args);
function step(key, arg) {
try {
var info = gen[key](arg);
var value = info.value;
} catch (error) {
if (info.done) {
} else {
Promise.resolve(value).then(_next, _throw);
function _next(value) { step("next", value); }
function _throw(err) { step("throw", err); }


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commented Jul 6, 2018

👍 I would also like to do the same thing as @NodeGuy.


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commented Sep 20, 2018

@NodeGuy @msz
Same to me, I would like to do the same thing, to overwrite asyncToGenerator helper.
Let me know if you guys have a solution about it.

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