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Sample project demonstrating real-world usage of Austin's browser-connected REPL support

If you're reading this on github, feel free to follow along, but it'll be a lot more fun if you clone the repo and get your hands dirty!

Austin is a really just a significant refactoring of ClojureScript's standard browser-REPL, so all of its tutorials generally apply to Austin as well. However, Austin provides a workflow that I personally find much easier to use, especially if I want to have multiple browser-connected REPLs in flight at the same time.

Running the sample app

Assuming you've cloned Austin's repo to $AUSTIN (wherever that is), do this:

  1. cd to $AUSTIN/browser-connected-repl-sample, and run:

    $ lein do cljsbuild once, repl

    This will compile the dummy sample ClojureScript namespace in $AUSTIN/src/cljs, which happens to require the ClojureScript browser-REPL client-side namespace.

  2. Once you're in the REPL (it will start up in the sample app's main namespace, cemerick.austin.bcrepl-sample), evaluate (run). That just starts jetty on port 8080; if you open a browser to that server, you'll see this page (which the sample re-uses as its only content).

  3. Create a new Austin ClojureScript REPL environment, like so:

    (def repl-env (reset! cemerick.austin.repls/browser-repl-env

    This also reset!'s the new REPL environment into the browser-repl-env atom. The sample app uses code like this:

    [:script (cemerick.austin.repls/browser-connected-repl-js)]

    to drop a snippet of JavaScript into the page that will cause the browser-REPL to connect to whichever REPL environment is in browser-repl-env; your app should do likewise. Be sure to load the code returned by the (browser-connected-repl-js) call as the last JavaScript loaded by your app's page.

    Note that for snippet to work, you'll need to have a cljs file in your project that requires clojure.browser.repl. This project's cljs file has exactly that in the ns declaration:

    (ns cemerick.austin.bcrepl-sample
      (:require [clojure.browser.repl]))
  4. Turn your Clojure REPL into a ClojureScript REPL tied to that REPL environment with

    (cemerick.austin.repls/cljs-repl repl-env)
  5. Now that the ClojureScript REPL is ready, you need to load http://localhost:8080, or reload it if you brought it up before the REPL environment was created and reset! into the browser-repl-env atom. Once you do that, evaluate some ClojureScript to make sure your shiny new REPL is working, e.g.

    (js/alert "Salut!")

    (Note: if you see no response, try temporarily disabling browser extensions. A problem has been seen where the Google Voice extension in Chrome somehow prevents the browser from listening for packets from the REPL. See the full discussion in this issue.

You can reload your app's page as many times as you like; it will re-connect on each page load to the same REPL environment. If you want to connect to a different REPL environment, just put the it into browser-repl-env prior to loading the page you'd like to have connected to it. At some point, Austin may provide a bit of ClojureScript that will allow you to choose (from within the browser) which REPL environment to which you'd like to connect…