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Babel: Get Started

by Craig McKeachie

Use next generation JavaScript today (ES2015/ES6 and beyond) without waiting for browser support by using Babel to compile your JavaScript.

What you'll learn

This course shows developers how to use next generation JavaScript language features today. Developers will learn to use ES2015 (previously know as ES6/JS.Next/Harmony) without waiting for browser support by introducing Babel, a JavaScript compiler, into their build process. This course will demonstrate how to install and configure Babel. Developers will learn to use Babel with their preferred front-end build tool (Gulp, Grunt, Webpack, npm Scripts), with Node.js on the server, and while writing unit tests. The course also details how to configure Babel for legacy browser support.

About the author

Craig McKeachie has been a software developer for 15 years and earned the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification for three generations of Microsoft technology. Craig is the author of the JavaScript Framework Guide: AngularJS, Backbone, and Ember and blogs at He also has his own podcast the [Front-End Developer's Cast] ( and has appeared on the Hanselminutes and JavaScript Jabber podcasts. Craig lives in Ohio with his wife and two boys.

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