Introduction to Reason Compilation


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4 - Small Break; Add Miscellaneous Files

Check point! This step will set up some common tools you'd use during Reason's development.

  • Merlin: check out the description here. We're writing a small .merlin file in this step. Read through the comments in the file; they're helpful.

  • Reason has editor support for Atom, Vim, Emacs, etc. using Merlin. They're very nice-to-haves.

  • Ultimately, Reason will provide you an opinionated (but optional) build system that takes care of generating everything you're seeing here & more. Our goal for the opinionated build system is to:

    • Enable a hassle-free onboarding experience, so that people don't have to fit the whole ecosystem & tooling & workflow in their head before starting their first .re file.
    • Enable nice features that are otherwise hard to have in an agnostic build & tooling ecosystem. For example, if your directory structure abides by some format we prefer, then we can make the documentation, repl bootstrapping, merlin and the rest work together.
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