The Opal compiler supports some special directives that can optimize or enhance the output of compiled Ruby code to suit the Ruby environment.
All calls to
require are captured so that the compiler and build tools
can determine which dependencies a file has. In the case of
these are collated and then added to a list of files to be processed.
Assuming we have a file
The compiler will collect these two dependencies, and then
will attempt to discover them within the Opal load path to also compile
them into the target output. If these dependencies cannot be resolved,
then a compile time error will be thrown.
Opal only supports hard-coded requires. This means that any dynamically
generated require statements cannot be discovered. Opal may raise an
error or just produce a warning if a dynamic require is used. A dynamic
require is any require that cannot be resolved using static analysis. A
common use case of dynamic requires is to include a directory of Ruby
files. In this case, see
require_relative is also supported by Opal's compiler for ahead-of-time
This example will try to resolve
bar.rb in the same directory.
autoload is used to load a modules and classes within a modules
namespace. As long as the string argument given to
autoload can be
resolved in Opal's load paths, in the same way as
require, then these
referenced dependencies will also be compiled.
autoload :Bar, 'bar'
In this example,
bar.rb will also be required.
require_tree can be used as an Opal-friendly alternative to globbing
over a directory to require a list of dependencies.
This will, at compile time, resolve all files inside the
directory and also compile them to the output. At runtime this method
will then loop over all modules defined, and require them if they match
that given module path.
Note: The given directory must be inside Opal's load path, otherwise no files will be compiled.
require method is also special as it allows non-Ruby source
files to be required and generated in the output. The obvious example of
treated as first class citizens in Opal. The Opal gem also supports
.erb files using the same process.
A special case
unless statements can hide or show blocks of
code from the Opal compiler. These check against
RUBY_PLATFORM. As these are valid Ruby statements against constants
that exist in all Ruby runtimes, they will not affect any running code:
if RUBY_ENGINE == 'opal'
# this code compiles
# this code never compiles
Unless statements are also supported:
unless RUBY_ENGINE == 'opal'
# this code will not run
!= statements work:
if RUBY_ENGINE != 'opal'
puts 'do not run this code'
Some uses are:
require statements being picked up by Opal compile time
To stop certain requires taking place for Opal (and vice-versa for shared libraries).
In all these examples
RUBY_PLATFORM can be used instead of