One of the top goals of this project is to be very fast and lightweight - fast enough to detect code changes and recompile applications on the fly on a production server, with an application recompile costing a few hundreds of milliseconds.
The included command line utility allows you create, build and manage qooxdoo applications (note that Qooxdoo-Compiler now incorporates the Qooxdoo-CLI project, which used to be a separate repo).
Beta. The API has mostly stabilized, we will provide a migration path for any backward-incompatible changes.
Node Currently requires NodeJS >= v8. We recommend you consider
ease installing and switching between node versions - you can find the Linux
version at http://nvm.sh and there is a version for Windows at
Qooxdoo The compiler works with all qooxdoo versions >= v6.0.0, which is contained in the current master branch.
nvm and then:
nvm install 8 # or 10 nvm use 8 # or 10
For more detailed information about installation and use of the compiler, refer to the documentation.
Here's how you can do a quick test drive using
npx which doesn't install anything
npx qx create myapp --noninteractive cd myapp npx qx package install qooxdoo/qxl.apiviewer npx qx package install qooxdoo/qxl.widgetbrowser npx qx serve
Wait for the message
Web server started, please browse to http://localhost:8080,
then open that address in the browser.
Qooxdoo Compiler is a BETA RELEASE and of course, you use at your own risk. However, it is in use in several major production applications maintained by the qooxdoo core developers and therefore you can be fairly confident that we cherish stability and every major bug that comes up will be fixed ASAP.
Number one gotcha is that you have to run the compiler every time you change
your code, because it's being transpiled. The
qx compile command has a
--watch parameter that enables continuous compilation. Note that the
qx serve command always used continuous compilation.
config.json is not used by the
qx command - instead it uses a new, and much
simpler configuration file called
The path to the qooxdoo library does not need to be specified since the compiler
comes with its own copy of the framework, if this is not what you want, you can
use the CLI to set the path:
qx config set qx.libraryPath /path/to/qooxdoo/framework
The compiler is a full equivalent as far as compiling is concerned, and much
faster at that. However, its domain is compiling applications (including
collecting resources) whereas generate.py included features for building and
running test suites, creating API documentation, building distributions,
creating skeleton applications, etc. These features have not been replicated.
Instead, you can do all these things with code now in a file called
Please get stuck in to any aspects you'd like to work on - We're open to pull requests, and you can contact us to chat about features you'd like to see or help on using or extending Qooxdoo-Compiler. The best place to talk about it is on Gitter at https://gitter.im/qooxdoo/qooxdoo