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CoffeeScript Programming with jQuery, Rails, and Node.js by Michael Erasmus

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Chapter 2. Running CoffeeScript

In this chapter, we'll talk about getting CoffeeScript installed and running on your development environment.

CoffeeScript can easily be installed on a Mac, Windows, or Linux. There are a variety of ways by which you can get it running, depending on if you just want the install to be simple and straightforward or if you want to be on the bleeding edge. Before we start on the details though, it's good to know that CoffeeScript usually doesn't live on its own, and uses some great JavaScript tools and frameworks to do its magic. Let's briefly discuss the typical CoffeeScript stack.

The CoffeeScript stack

Early on in CoffeeScript's history, its compiler was written in Ruby. Later on, it became self-hosting; the language ...

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