ES6 In Depth: Using ES6 today with Babel and Broccoli

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ES6 is here, and people are already talking about ES7, what the future holds, and what shiny features a new standard can offer. As web developers, we wonder how we can make use of it all. More than once, in previous ES6 In Depth posts, we’ve encouraged you to start coding in ES6, with a little help from some interesting tools. We’ve teased you with the possibility: If you’d like to use this new syntax on the Web, you can use Babel or Google’s Traceur to translate your ES6 code to web-friendly ES5. Today we’re going to show you step-by-step how it is done. The above-mentioned tools are called transpilers. A transpiler is also known as a source-to-source compiler—a compiler that translates between programming languages operating at comparable levels of abstraction. Transpilers let us write code using ES6 while also guaranteeing that we’ll be able to execute the code in every browser.