Nashorn parser directives
Jim Laskey (Oracle)
james.laskey at oracle.com
Fri Nov 27 16:42:09 UTC 2015
Your argument is not unreasonable, but given the resources we have available to work on features (including full ES6 support), it is simpler for us to be binary on this. If, on the other hand, you sign an OCA and submit the necessary changes, we might consider integrating after review. You have made requests for features in the past and we would like to give you a opportunity contribute to improving Nashorn.
> On Nov 27, 2015, at 11:50 AM, Anthony Vanelverdinghe <anthony.vanelverdinghe at gmail.com> wrote:
> Recently I filed an issue  requesting to "Allow to run shebang script with --no-syntax-extensions". This was closed as "Won't Fix" with "Can't support because # is an extension." While this is true, I meant to say "Allow to run shebang script without allowing any other syntax extensions than shebang". Or more generally: allow fine-grained control over syntax extensions.
> Currently, there are only 2 switches that influence syntax extensions: --no-syntax-extensions and -scripting. However, the nature of the various extensions is totally disparate: allowing "for each" expressions has nothing to do with allowing a shebang. Therefore, it should be possible to enable/disable them individually. Additionally, there could be a few groups defined: "-scripting" is already one such group, and "-mozilla" could be another.
> So I would like to be able to specify options such as:
> --language=es5 --extensions=scripting,foreach
> --language=es6 --extensions=shebang,mozilla
> where the "--extensions" option implicitly disables all non-specified extensions
> These options should also be validated:
> * warnings should be emitted when the specified language provides an alternative for some enabled extension. For example, in ES6, "for of" is available as a standard alternative for "for each".
> * errors should be emitted when there's an ambiguity. For example, in ES6, when "Back-quote exec expressions" are enabled, the statement:
> var cmd = `format C:`;
> is both ambiguous & potentially disastrous if the author meant it as a template literal, while Nashorn interprets it as a command.
> The above also demonstrates why more fine-grained control is required: certain extensions are obsolete and/or cause ambiguities, while others are extremely useful. Even the "Shell script style hash comments" extension is too coarse-grained: it should be split into a "shebang" and a "hash comment" extension, since there's no good reason to use hash comments besides for specifying the shebang. In my opinion, it should be possible to run a shebang script with something like "jjs --extensions=shebang myscript.js"
> Besides more fine-grained control, there should also be a way to specify options inside the script, no matter how it's invoked. In my opinion, this is very useful because the script author always knows best how a script must be interpreted and which extensions were/weren't used.
> For example, suppose I wrote the following shell script named "find.js":
> //jjs --language=es5 --extensions=execbackquote
> print(`grep abc file`);
> where library.js is a library written by someone else, in which template literals are used (note that "--extensions=" has the same effect as "--no-syntax-extensions"):
> //jjs --language=es6 --extensions=
> var cmd = `format C:`;
> then by being able to specify the necessary parser directives within the script, Nashorn would be able to correctly run "find.js" (i.e. without executing the `format C:` inside library.js). Personally, I think any parser directives such as language version and extensions should always be embedded within the script, and I don't really see a need to specify them on the command-line. As for implementation: this can be done either by:
> * always interpreting the shebang. However, this is not ECMAScript-compliant.
> * providing a "pure ECMAScript" alternative. For example, if the script starts with "//jjs ", then it's interpreted by Nashorn (as in the example above). Personally, I prefer this approach.
> In summary, I'd like 2 things:
> * fine-grained control over extensions, and validation of the combination "language + enabled extensions". This could be done by introducing a new "--extensions" option, which takes a list of extensions & disables all others.
> * a way to specify options in pure ECMAScript (i.e. by interpreting a comment in a specific format at the beginning of the script) inside the script itself, whereby these options are used to load the remainder of the script, regardless of any "outside-specified" options.
> What's your opinion on this?
> Kind regards,
>  https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8144139
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