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Transform require.js sugar syntax into the standard syntax.

Install via npm:

npm install unsweeten --save-dev

What it does

This module takes the require.js sugar syntax:

define(['require', 'dependency1', 'dependency2'], function(require) {
    var dependency1 = require('dependency1'),
        dependency2 = require('dependency2');
    return function() {};

And converts it back into the standard syntax:

define(['dependency1', 'dependency2'], function(dependency1, dependency2) {
    return function() {};

It will also work for dependencies that you are just loading but are not assigned to any variables, such as loading jQuery and a plugin:

define(['require', 'jquery', 'somejqueryplugin'], function(require) {
    var $ = require('jquery');
    return function() {};


define(['jquery', 'somejqueryplugin'], function($) {
    return function() {};

For large projects using AMD, using unsweeten will help you cut down a significant amount of loader code that just isn't necessary.


The best way to use this module is as a part of your r.js build step. Using the onBuildWrite function, you can apply extra transformations to your source code before it is minified. Below is an example configuration using gulp as a task runner:

var path      = require('path'),
    gulp      = require('gulp'),
    gutil     = require('gulp-util'),
    requirejs = require('requirejs'),
    unsweeten = require('unsweeten');
gulp.task('build', function(cb) {
        name: 'main',
        baseUrl: 'lib',
        mainConfigFile: 'lib/config.js',
        out: 'web/js/master.min.js',
        optimizeAllPluginResources: true,
        stubModules: ['text'],
        onBuildWrite: function(name, filePath, contents) {
            if (path.extname(filePath).indexOf('js') > -1) {
                return unsweeten(contents);
            return contents;
    }, function() {
        gutil.log('[' + gutil.colors.green('require.js') + '] Build complete.');
    }, cb);


unsweeten destructively transforms your JavaScript source code, changing its footprint to make it smaller. For this reason, it's recommended to use it on a copy of your file, in a build step, so that your original code is left untouched. Remember that the sugar syntax is recommended for development use to help you visualise the file's dependencies.

Some files may fail this transform. In the test directory are examples of code that will be transformed; notably absent are those files that have more than one define call in them. When using this library on your own code you will most likely find that all of your development files have a single call to define, as in my case. However, some vendor code may package up several of these calls into a single file. For this reason it is recommended to only use unsweeten on your own code. Bear in mind that any file not run through this transform will continue to work as normal.

If you find an example of breakage using unsweeten then please open an issue with the source code, output, and the expected output. If you can, a pull request is even better!


Pull requests are welcome. If you add functionality, then please add unit tests to cover it.


MIT © Ben Briggs


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