Sunday, February 18, 2018 / NodeJS Javascript

The JavaScript Madness Part 2 - Execute js file from command line

Ready, Set, JavaScript

Let's build some velocity. Start simple. Real simple.

User Story: As a developer, I want to be able to execute a JavaScript file from the command line that displays a message.

Analysis and task breakdown:

We need to create a js file that we want to execute.

Task 1:

  • Create app.js

Task 2:

  • Determine command line to execute above file.


Task 1:

I keep all my git repos at \git to keep paths as short as I can.

Make a jsm directory under C:\git with mkdir jsm.
Change into the new directory cd jsm Open the directory in VSCode with code .

cd c:\git
λ  mkdir jsm
    Directory: C:\git
Mode                LastWriteTime         Length Name
----                -------------         ------ ----
d-----       12/24/2016   6:01 PM                jsm
λ  cd jsm
λ  code .

Add new file app.js with the following content:

console.log("Hello World!");

Task 1 Complete

Task 2

node takes the JavaScript file to execute as the parameter.

Execute our app. From the console by entering node app.js

λ  node app.js
Hello World!

User Story, Success! Please forgive me if I don't write a test. We have not gotten that far yet.