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CoffeeScript vs Markdown: What are the differences?

Developers describe CoffeeScript as "Unfancy JavaScript". CoffeeScript is a little language that compiles into JavaScript. Underneath that awkward Java-esque patina, JavaScript has always had a gorgeous heart. CoffeeScript is an attempt to expose the good parts of JavaScript in a simple way. On the other hand, Markdown is detailed as "Text-to-HTML conversion tool/syntax for web writers, by John Gruber". Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

CoffeeScript and Markdown can be categorized as "Languages" tools.

"Easy to read", "Faster to write" and "Syntactic sugar" are the key factors why developers consider CoffeeScript; whereas "Easy formatting", "Widely adopted" and "Intuitive" are the primary reasons why Markdown is favored.

CoffeeScript is an open source tool with 15.2K GitHub stars and 1.99K GitHub forks. Here's a link to CoffeeScript's open source repository on GitHub.

Asana, Code School, and GoSquared are some of the popular companies that use Markdown, whereas CoffeeScript is used by Code School, Zaarly, and thoughtbot. Markdown has a broader approval, being mentioned in 756 company stacks & 718 developers stacks; compared to CoffeeScript, which is listed in 364 company stacks and 170 developer stacks.

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What is CoffeeScript?

It adds syntactic sugar inspired by Ruby, Python and Haskell in an effort to enhance JavaScript's brevity and readability. Specific additional features include list comprehension and de-structuring assignment.

What is Markdown?

Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.
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JavaScript
JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles.
TypeScript
TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. It's a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript.
ES6
Goals for ECMAScript 2015 include providing better support for large applications, library creation, and for use of ECMAScript as a compilation target for other languages. Some of its major enhancements include modules, class declarations, lexical block scoping, iterators and generators, promises for asynchronous programming, destructuring patterns, and proper tail calls.
Babel
Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support.
jQuery
jQuery is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML.
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Decisions about CoffeeScript and Markdown
Jake Stein
Jake Stein
CEO at Stitch · | 15 upvotes · 92K views
atStitchStitch
AngularJS
AngularJS
React
React
CoffeeScript
CoffeeScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
ES6
ES6

Stitch’s frontend is used to configure data sources and destinations and monitor the status of each. Although we have been using AngularJS since its early days, we recently introduced React components into our front end, which many of our developers find easier to work with. We started using CoffeeScript when it was one of the few options for a more expressive alternative to vanilla JavaScript, but today we opt to instead write new code in ES6, which we feel is a more mature alternative.

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Eli Hooten
Eli Hooten
CTO at Codecov · | 12 upvotes · 60.7K views
atCodecovCodecov
TypeScript
TypeScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
CoffeeScript
CoffeeScript
Vue.js
Vue.js
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

We chose TypeScript at Codecov when undergoing a recent rewrite of a legacy front end. Our previous front end was a mishmash of vanilla JavaScript and CoffeeScript , and was expanded upon haphazardly as the need arose. Without a unifying set of paradigms and patterns, the CoffeeScript and JavaScript setup was proving hard to maintain and expand upon by an engineering team. During a move to Vue.js , we decided to also make the move to TypeScript. Integrating TypeScript and Vue.js is fairly well understood at this point, so the setup wasn't all that difficult, and we felt that the benefits of incorporating TypeScript would outweigh the required time to set it up and get our engineering team up to speed.

Choosing to add TypeScript has given us one more layer to rely on to help enforce code quality, good standards, and best practices within our engineering organization. One of the biggest benefits for us as an engineering team has been how well our IDEs and editors (e.g., Visual Studio Code ) integrate with and understand TypeScript . This allows developers to catch many more errors at development time instead of relying on run time. The end result is safer (from a type perspective) code and a more efficient coding experience that helps to catch and remove errors with less developer effort.

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Yashu Mittal
Yashu Mittal
Founder & CEO at CodeCarrot · | 1 upvotes · 9K views
atCodeCarrotCodeCarrot
Jekyll
Jekyll
Ruby
Ruby
Markdown
Markdown

Jekyll is an open source static site generator (SSG) with a Ruby at its core which transform your plain text into static websites and blogs.

It is simple means no more databases, comment moderation, or pesky updates to install—just your content. As said earlier SSG uses Markdown, Liquid, HTML & CSS go in and come out ready for deployment. Lastly it's blog-aware permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all first-class citizens here.

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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 13 upvotes · 253.6K views
atStackShareStackShare
Markdown
Markdown
React
React
GraphQL
GraphQL
Ruby
Ruby
Showdown
Showdown
Glamorous
Glamorous
Emotion
Emotion
styled-components
styled-components
#Frontend
#CssInJs
#StackDecisionsLaunch

For Stack Decisions I needed to add Markdown in the decision composer to give our users access to some general styling when writing their decisions. We used React & GraphQL on the #Frontend and Ruby & GraphQL on the backend.

Instead of using Showdown or another tool, We decided to parse the Markdown on the backend so we had more control over what we wanted to render in Markdown because we didn't want to enable all Markdown options, we also wanted to limit any malicious code or images to be embedded into the decisions and Markdown was a fairly large to import into our component so it was going to add a lot of kilobytes that we didn't need.

We also needed to style how the markdown looked, we are currently using Glamorous so I used that but we are planning to update this to Emotion at some stage as it has a fairly easy upgrade path rather than switching over to styled-components or one of the other cssInJs alternatives.

Also we used React-Mentions for tagging tools and topics in the decisions. Typing @ will let you tag a tool, and typing # will allow you to tag a topic.

The Markdown options that we chose to support are tags: a, code, u, b, em, pre, ul, ol, li.

If there are anymore tags you'd love to see added in the composer leave me a comment below and we will look into adding them.

#StackDecisionsLaunch

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Jerome Dalbert
Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 5 upvotes · 11.7K views
atStackShareStackShare
Markdown
Markdown
Ruby
Ruby
Rails
Rails
#StackDecisionsLaunch

I needed to make stack decisions accept a subset of Markdown, similarly to sites like Reddit or Stack Overflow.

I used the redcarpet Ruby gem for parsing, and Rails' sanitize helper made it very easy to only allow certain tags: links, bold, italics, lists, code blocks, paragraphs.

Problem solved! #StackDecisionsLaunch

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TypeScript
TypeScript
JSON
JSON
Docker
Docker
Markdown
Markdown
Angular 2
Angular 2
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom
#Typescript
#Java
#HTML
#Sass

More than year ago I was looking for the best editor of Angular 2 application and I've tried Visual Studio Code and Atom. Atom had performance issues that put me off completely to use it again. Visual Studio Code became my main editor #Typescript files (and partly editor of #Java files). I'm happy with Visual Studio Code and I've never look back on Atom. There wasn't any reason to try Atom again, because Visual Studio Code fulfills my requirements very well. I use it for editing of TypeScript, #HTML, #Sass, JSON, Docker and Markdown.

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Gustavo Muñoz
Gustavo Muñoz
Web UI Developer at Globant · | 2 upvotes · 5.7K views
Angular 2
Angular 2
TypeScript
TypeScript
React
React
Flow (JS)
Flow (JS)
JavaScript
JavaScript
CoffeeScript
CoffeeScript
#Angular
#ECMA

Long ago when Angular 2 evolved I had to decide between the new #Angular and TypeScript or React. I really love typing my code, but forced to use TypeScript was a bit too much. I prefer the new #ECMA standard and the evolution of the old and reliable JavaScript. So finding Flow (JS) was an incredible milestone in my career as a developer. Finally, I could use types in my code, and JavaScript with the new standard. I already had the experience of CoffeeScript, so TypeScript was not an option.

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Robert Zuber
Robert Zuber
CTO at CircleCI · | 4 upvotes · 9.7K views
atCircleCICircleCI
CoffeeScript
CoffeeScript
Hubot
Hubot
Go
Go
Slack
Slack

We have added very little to the CoffeeScript Hubot application – just enough to allow it to talk to our Hubot workers. The Hubot workers implement our operational management functionality and expose it to Hubot so we can get chat integration for free. We’ve also tailored the authentication and authorization code of Hubot to meet the needs of roles within our team.

For larger tasks, we’ve got an internal #CLI written in Go that talks to the same #API as Hubot, giving access to the same functionality we have in Slack, with the addition of scripting, piping, and all of our favorite #Unix tools. When the Hubot worker recognizes the CLI is in use, it logs the commands to Slack to maintain visibility of operational changes.

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TypeScript
TypeScript
CoffeeScript
CoffeeScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
Flow (JS)
Flow (JS)

From a StackShare community member: "We are looking to rewrite our outdated front-end with TypeScript. Right now we have a mix of CoffeeScript and vanilla JavaScript. I have read that adopting TypeScript can help enforce better code quality, and best practices. I also heard good things about Flow (JS). Which one would you recommend and why?"

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StackShare uses MarkdownMarkdown

We’re using Markdown parsers for Reviews, Blog Posts, and Stack Description (the text you’re reading right now). We’re using Bootstrap Markdown for content input (except for reviews) and RedCarpet for rendering in certain places.

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Wing Tang Wong uses MarkdownMarkdown

Markdown represents a highly portable and lightweight text formatting. I had converted all of my Wordpress posts to Markdown prior to migrating over to Jekyll and eventually to Hugo. The fact that many generators support Markdown means that my content remains portable regardless of the platform/engine I use.

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Volkan Özçelik uses MarkdownMarkdown

What you see is not what you get, never it is.

Documentation is better in Markdown format. You don’t need anything special to read it.

It is compact, portable, comparable.

Markdown is my text file format of choice.

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Jeff Flynn uses MarkdownMarkdown

Because it is almost an effortless markup language without ever having to write an HTML tag. Of course, you'll want to use it in environments that make it look pretty (GitHub, etc.)

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Roger Salomonsson uses MarkdownMarkdown

Using StackEdit to edit markdown files for blog roll and about sections. MD files are stored in Google Drive and pushed to GH pages through StackEdit.

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Oomba uses CoffeeScriptCoffeeScript

All of our Javascript code is first written in CoffeeScript for ease of reading / writing. It is compiled to Javascript before being minified and served to the client.

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opening.io uses CoffeeScriptCoffeeScript

All front-end / back-end is driven by Coffeescript. For the main ReactJS functionality JSX is embedded with coffee in .cjsx files / handled by Browserify.

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Jeff Flynn uses CoffeeScriptCoffeeScript

We like CoffeeScript because it's more readable, we use it because we have a lot of libraries and functions already (plays nicely with Rails, too)

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Chris Hartwig uses CoffeeScriptCoffeeScript

All our code is CoffeeScript, blending seemlessly in our JS stack

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Publitory uses CoffeeScriptCoffeeScript

Javascript is a hell. We use coffeescript for its readability.

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