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Classical Object-Oriented JavaScript framework

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GNU ease.js

GNU ease.js is a classical object-oriented framework for Javascript, intended to eliminate boilerplate code and "ease" the transition into JavaScript from other object-oriented languages.

Current support includes:

  • Simple and intuitive class definitions
  • Classical inheritance
  • Abstract classes and methods
  • Interfaces
  • Traits as mixins
  • Visibility (public, protected, and private members)
  • Static and constant members

Documentation

Comprehensive documentation and examples are available on the GNU ease.js website and in its manual.

Bug Reports / Feature Requests

Please direct bug reports and feature requests to bug-easejs@gnu.org or the project page on Savannah.

Why Classical OOP in JavaScript?

GNU ease.js was created (historically) for a number of reasons:

  • To "ease" object-oriented developers into JavaScript by providing a familiar environment.
  • To provide the maintenance and development benefits of classical OOP.
  • To provide features not included in the language, such as proper encapsulation through private/protected members, interfaces, traits, intuitive inheritance, and other conveniences.
  • To encapsulate the hacks commonly used to perform the above tasks.

Many JS purists believe that classical object-oriented programming should be left out of JavaScript and that one should stick strictly to prototypal development. While the two are related (they are both object-oriented), they can be applied to different problem domains in order to achieve results that are more natural or intuitive to developers; GNU ease.js works seamlessly with existing prototypes, allowing the developer to choose whether or not they want to use "classes".

License

GNU ease.js is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

N.B.: Versions prior to 0.2.0 were released under the LGPLv3+. Upon becoming a GNU project, it was relicensed under the GPLv3+ to help the FSF stand strong in its fight against proprietary JavaScript. For more information, please see the NEWS file (which can be built with make NEWS).

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