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a minimal platform-agnostic JS runtime

Nucleus is a specification for a minimal JS runtime that makes it fun to create your own platforms.

Note: This repo also uses git submodules to manage it's dependencies. As such, cloning this repo must be done with git clone --depth=1 ....

Up and Running

To get up and running with Nucleus implementations, check out the implementations directory. The duktape README is a great place to start.

Running the tests

The test suite can be found in test, and can be run with make test-<implementation>, e.g. make test-duktape.

Command Line Interface

# Show version and build options
nucleus --version

# Run an app from a tree in the filesystem.
nucleus app-src -- args...
# Run an app from a zip bundle.
nucleus -- args...

# Manually build a standalone binary with nucleus embedded.
cat /usr/local/bin/nucleus > app
chmod +x app
./app args...

# Manually build a standalone binary that links to system nucleus.
echo "#!/usr/local/bin/nucleus" > prefix
cat prefix > app
chmod + x app
./app args...

# Build app with linked nucleus in shebang
nucleus --linked --output app

Basic Application Skeleton

This is a sample application that's using a node.js style require system.

├── main.js
└── node_modules
    └── node-core
        ├── bootstrap.js

The only thing special is there must be an main.js at the root of the tree.
This file will be run in the JS runtime with a global nucleus injected.

// main.js
// Bootstrap the node environment with the dofile builtin.
nucleus.dofile('node_modules/node-core/bootstrap.js')(function (require, module) {
  // node code goes here

JS nucleus Interface

This global is the only thing custom injected into the JavaScript global scope. It provides access to all the C bindings in nucleus as well as some utility functions to work with the bundle resources and the JS runtime.

You can see full API docs for this in api/


This repo is for the core design, discussion, spec, and tests for nucleus implementations.




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