I like to start off our blog posts with the latest big thing 6to5 has achieved. We haven’t reached it quite yet, but in a few days 6to5 and 6to5-core will have been downloaded half a million times, and in a month or so it will be over a million times.
6to5 was not born to die.
Luckily a lot of work is happening to improve this.
Recently a number of people from Mozilla, Esprima, The jQuery Foundation, Acorn, 6to5, ESLint, and others have come together to create ESTree, a standard upon which all parser and transpiler tooling will be based on.
We want for 6to5 to solve the transpiler story. If the community could rally around a tool that provides a solid foundation for dealing with a lot of shared issues then we’ll all be much better off.
That might sound a bit absurd and like a fairly lofty goal. Many will think it’s out of scope for something named “6to5”.
I guess it’d be a good idea to rename the project then!
6to5 is now Babel.
— The recently Babel team