A mode for instant JavaScript eval in Emacs
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Livid Mode

This is just a mode built on top of skewer-mode to emulate the functionality of browser-based HTML/JS/CSS editors who automatically evaluate code on every change.

Whereas skewer allows you to evaluate the buffer or individual forms with commands/key-bindings, this just f'ing does it for you. What could be angrier than that?

However, code is not evaluated every single time the buffer changes. Here's what happens whenever Emacs runs its after-changed-functions hook:

  1. First, livid-mode can be paused. If it has been, nothing happens.
  2. Then, the trimmed contents are compared to the previously evaluated contents. If they're the same, nothing happens.
  3. Next, syntax is checked by the external js command. If there is any SyntaxError, nothing happens. (You can override this behavior if you want via (setq livid-validate-javascript nil).)
  4. Finally, skewer sends the buffer's code to be evaluated in the browser, asynchronously. (This is presumably all about the side effects, so return values disappear into the ether.)

Installation

Package

It's in marmalade, called livid-mode.

Manual

Clone the repo, stick it in .emacs.d or wherever, and (require 'livid-mode).

Usage

Just do M-x livid-mode on any js2-mode buffer. The mode will initiate skewer-mode if it is not present, but assumes you already have the simple-httpd server running.

At that point, have a web browser loaded to a page with this script tag present (adjusted to correspond with the host/port you're using), as per usual with skewer:

<script src="http://localhost:8080/skewer"></script>

License

Public domain, like skewer-mode.