[Baypiggies] headless javascript execution

Nathan Ramella nar at hush.com
Fri Jan 9 18:18:44 CET 2009

Hi guys,

Last night was my first meeting and I wanted to thank everyone  
involved for organizing, as well as both of the speakers -- I learned  
new things and have some things I need to research.

There were a couple of things I wanted to throw out there since people  
seem to be interested (I apologize if you've covered them before, but  
nobody that I heard brought them up at the meeting in context)

* jsbridge, which I've used in the past with success, I'm behind on  
its latest versions but it does provide a fairly nifty interface  
ipython style, allows you to tab complete and whatnot. It's  
easy_install-able. Good for interactive mucking around.


* Mozrepl, which isn't Python specific, it's basically a telnet socket  
interface that you can get a javascript console out of -- might be  
useful if you've got some specific task in mind that jsbridge doesn't  
cover. Also good for interactive mucking around.


* python-spidermonkey looks like it's back in development with  
checkins as recently as October, if you need something that's  
completely separate from a browser (unit tests, regression, build  


In relation to the coverage talk, I immediately thought of Snakefood,  
which isn't about code coverage at all, but instead dependency graphing.


Thats it for now. If there's any OSX-using baypiggies out there I've  
got a silly project that I'm getting ready to release involving  
DictionaryServices.framework and could use some beta-testers. If you  
like the Oxford English Dictionary and want access to it via Python,  
shoot me an email and I'll send you a tarball to try out.

-Nathan Ramella

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