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Serialize global state and side effects to a snapshot that can be quickly restored

Serialize global state and side effects to a snapshot that can be quickly restored

Prepack

Prepack is a partial evaluator for JavaScript. Prepack rewrites a JavaScript bundle, resulting in JavaScript code that executes more efficiently. For initialization-heavy code, Prepack works best in an environment where JavaScript parsing is effectively cached.

How to use Prepack

Install the CLI via npm,

$ npm install -g prepack

Or if you prefer yarn, make sure you get yarn first,

$ npm install -g yarn

and then install the Prepack CLI via yarn:

$ yarn global add prepack

You may need to prepend (pun intended!) the command with sudo in some cases.

Let the party begin

To compile a file and print the output to the console:

$ prepack script.js

If you want to compile a file and output to another file:

$ prepack script.js --out script-processed.js
  1. yarn flow

How to run tests

  1. Get the code
  2. Make sure the code is built, either by running yarn build or yarn watch
  3. yarn test

You can run individual test suites as follows:

  • yarn test-serializer
    This tests the interpreter and serializer. All tests should pass.
  • yarn test-test262
    This tests conformance against the test262 suite. Not all will pass, increasing conformance is work in progress.

How to run the interpreter

  1. Get the code
  2. Make sure the code is built, either by running yarn build or yarn watch
  3. yarn repl
    This starts an interactive interpreter session.

How to run Prepack

  1. Get the code

  2. Make sure the code is built, either by running yarn build or yarn watch.

  3. Have a JavaScript file handy that you want to prepack, for example:
    echo "function hello() { return 'hello'; } function world() { return 'world'; } s = hello() + ' ' + world();" >/tmp/sample.js

  4. cat /tmp/sample.js | yarn prepack-cli
    Try --help for more options.

How to validate changes

Instead of building, linting, type checking, testing separately, the following does everything together:
yarn validate

How to edit the website

The content for prepack.io resides in the website directory of this repository. To make changes, submit a pull request, just like for any code changes.

In order to run the website locally at localhost:8000:

  1. Build prepack into the website: yarn build && mv prepack.min.js website/js
  2. Run python -m SimpleHTTPServer (Python 2) or python -m http.server (Python 3) from the website/ directory

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