Issue #124

Number one this week, Elsa is a new JavaScript runtime written in Go.

Whereas Node.js and Deno use the V8 JavaScript engine, it’s built on top of QuickJS a “small and embeddable” Javascript engine that supports the latest specification of the language (ES2020).

Source files are bundled with esbuild a JavaScript bundler also written in Go. According to the benchmarks, esbuild bundles files a lot faster than the most popular solutions: Webpack, Parcel, Rollup, and Fusebox.

Like Deno, Elsa supports natively TypeScript files and lets you import any file from simple URLs (similar to the good old <script> tag in the browser).

Be aware that the project is at a very experimental stage.

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