Written Proposal for "package" Keyword for ES20XX Imports

Ryan Birmingham rainventions at gmail.com
Tue Feb 21 17:52:59 UTC 2017

I like the idea you're working from here, it seems to partially resemble
header files. I'm not sure if a package keyword is needed though; couldn't
you accomplish the same thing with just adding dictionary support and an
optional alias parameter to import/export?

-Ryan Birmingham

On 21 February 2017 at 12:27, Greg McLeod <cleod9 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Back in 2015 I was working on a proposal for the "package" keyword, but
> stopped prematurely as ES6/ES2015 had already been shipped. Since then I've
> been occasionally iterating on it anyway in order to flesh out my ideas
> with how it could fit with the new import syntax. I wanted to share with
> the mailing list to get some feedback on it, as well as help facilitate
> some of the discussion regarding future import syntax.
> Proposal can be found here:
> https://gist.github.com/Cleod9/7f73017905d124210ec8
> I should note that a lot of this is derived from an ActionScript to
> JavaScript proof-of-concept transpiler I wrote a few years back. (Live
> demo: https://as3js.org/demo/ ). I believe this type of package
> syntax/behavior has already been possible since ES5, although I have yet to
> find any proposals for the keyword that resemble that of battle-tested
> languages like Java/C#.
> I think there are a lot of time-saving qualities that packages could
> provide for bundled JS applications we have yet to explore, and it could
> even open the door to a JS standard library. Even if this doesn't go
> anywhere I certainly hope by making this proposal public it will be a
> useful for reference for what is possible in the current state of affairs.
> Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
> Greg
> P.S. Screen-cap of a potential IDE future with packages:
> http://i.imgur.com/D5EGNUN.gifv
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