babel-plugin-macros VS babel-handbook

Compare babel-plugin-macros vs babel-handbook and see what are their differences.


🎣 Allows you to build simple compile-time libraries (by kentcdodds)


:blue_book: A guided handbook on how to use Babel and how to create plugins for Babel. (by jamiebuilds)
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Posts with mentions or reviews of babel-plugin-macros. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-12-14.
  • Fixing Class Composition in Tailwind CSS
    10 projects | | 14 Dec 2022
    One of the more promising alternatives is twin.macro - a Babel macro that processes Tailwind classes to generate JS objects understandable by various CSS-in-JS libraries. The developer experience (DX) of using it is amazing as you not only get all of Tailwind’s features without much change to your code, but you also get much more flexibility - all that on top of the traditional benefits of CSS-in-JS. Here’s an example code:
  • Jest Error in a NextJS project. babel-jest is unable to find my babel.config.js
    2 projects | /r/node | 9 May 2022
    MacroError: The macro you imported from "undefined" is being executed outside the context of compilation with babel-plugin-macros. This indicates that you don't have the babel plugin "babel-plugin-macros" configured correctly. Please see the documentation for how to configure babel-plugin-macros properly:
  • A tale of knowledge building
    4 projects | | 27 Apr 2021


Posts with mentions or reviews of babel-handbook. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-10-21.
  • Abstract Syntax Trees and Practical Applications in JavaScript
    13 projects | | 21 Oct 2023
    For more information about building Babel plugins, check the Kent's Babel Handbook or this awesome Babel handbook by Jamie.
  • Getting Started With Babel - Transpiling Javascript
    2 projects | | 10 Aug 2022
    Babel does this by compiling down JavaScript code written with the latest standards into a version that will work everywhere today. This process is known as source-to-source compiling, also known as transpiring. Source: Jamie Kyle
  • 11 JavaScript Examples to Source Code That Reveal Design Patterns In Use
    13 projects | | 20 Mar 2022
    I'll be honest, my approach to getting used to working with ASTs is a bit weird, but it worked for me. For some reason the thought of working with the TypeScript AST sounds really attractive to me. I'm sure most people recommend to start deep diving into babel first before getting used to working with an AST with the TypeScript compiler, but I started it the other way around. There is a great library called ts-morph that focuses on making it easier for developers to work with the TypeScript compiler. Learning hands on with ts-morph while getting used to their compiler api made babel much easier to understand without ever touching babel.
  • A tale of knowledge building
    4 projects | | 27 Apr 2021
    Those videos gave me a base for the task but I needed more sources to achieve it, so I read a lot of source code for other libraries built with babel-plugin-macros, read the plugin's authoring documentation and Jamie Kyle's Babel Handbook.
  • How to create your own language that compile to JavaScript
    3 projects | /r/javascript | 15 Apr 2021
    If you want to learn more about parsing, reading the code of an actual recursive parser might be a better idea. Esprima is a decent place to start if you're interested in JS grammar. Then you can look at the babel handbook to learn more about AST transformations. From there, the literature gets quite a bit more heavy. If you get this far and are willing to push further, you'll probably want to grab yourself a copy of the dragon book at a minimum.
  • Revealing the magic of AST by writing babel plugins
    2 projects | | 5 Mar 2021
    Babel handbook

What are some alternatives?

When comparing babel-plugin-macros and babel-handbook you can also consider the following projects:

babel-plugin-styled-components - Improve the debugging experience and add server-side rendering support to styled-components

nextjs-typescript-starter - A starter project with NextJS, Typescript and Tailwind/Styled Components

babel-plugin-transform-react-remove-prop-types - Remove unnecessary React propTypes from the production build. :balloon:

jsx-control-statements - Neater If and For for React JSX

babel-plugin-module-resolver - Custom module resolver plugin for Babel

esprima - ECMAScript parsing infrastructure for multipurpose analysis

babel-plugin-proposal-pattern-matching - the minimal grammar, high performance JavaScript pattern matching implementation

super-expressive - 🦜 Super Expressive is a zero-dependency JavaScript library for building regular expressions in (almost) natural language

htm - Hyperscript Tagged Markup: JSX alternative using standard tagged templates, with compiler support.

super-expressive.macro - 🎣 A macro to generate Regular Expressions (RegExp) at build-time with super-expressive.

estree - The ESTree Spec