package JavaScript::V8;
use strict;
use warnings;

our $VERSION = '0.09';

use JavaScript::V8::Context;
require XSLoader;
XSLoader::load('JavaScript::V8', $VERSION);


=encoding utf8

=head1 NAME

JavaScript::V8 - Perl interface to the V8 JavaScript engine


  use JavaScript::V8;

  my $context = JavaScript::V8::Context->new();

  $context->bind( write => sub { print @_ } );
  $context->bind( bottles => 3 );
  $context->bind( wine_type => ['red', 'white', 'sparkling'] );

  $context->bind( wine_type_description => {
      white     => "White wine is a wine whose color is slightly yellow. This kind of wine is produced using non-coloured grapes or using red-skinned grapes' juice, not allowing it to extract pigment from the skin.",
      red       => "Red wine is a type of wine made from dark-coloured (black) grape varieties. The actual colour of the wine can range from intense violet, typical of young wines, through to brick red for mature wines and brown for older red wines.",
      sparkling => "Sparkling wine is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it making it fizzy. The carbon dioxide may result from natural fermentation, either in a bottle, as with the méthode champenoise, in a large tank designed to withstand the pressures involved (as in the Charmat process), or as a result of carbon dioxide injection.",

      for (i = bottles; i > 0; i--) {
          var type = wine_type[i - 1];
          var description = wine_type_description[type];

          write(i + " bottle(s) of wine on the wall, " + i + " bottle(s) of wine\n");

          write("This is bottle of " + type + " wine. " + description + "\n\n");

          write("Take 1 down, pass it around, ");
          if (i > 1) {
              write((i - 1) + " bottle(s) of wine on the wall.\n");
          else {
              write("No more bottles of wine on the wall!\n");


Since 2012, the v8 library has changed considerably, both in its build
system and its API. Additionally, at the time of this writing (Apr 2019),
the latest version available for Ubuntu is about 3.14, and for Homebrew
is around 3.28. Meanwhile, the latest "release"(ish) from Google is
around 7.5.99.

The dramatic API changes mean that backward compatibility with the
current API will be effectively impossible. Unfortunately, the likelihood
of security holes in the 7-or-so year old software means it will be
necessary to keep up with the current version, rather than with the one
v0.08 of this module supports.

Therefore, the next steps will be to use the excellent L<Alien::Build>
to make an "alien" module that builds and makes available v8. The current
L<Alien::V8> is not suitable, since its last release was from 2011.

Contributions of effort will be welcome. Please open an RT, or just C<#v8>
on C<> to get involved.


=head2 Memory notes

Please note that v8 needs around 2MB of VSZ memory. See
L<> for more information.

=head2 From Source

See L<> for how. Be warned, the source repo
alone is over 800MB.

=head3 On OS X

On OS X I've successfully used L<Homebrew|>,
install Homebrew then:

  brew install v8

=head2 Binary

=head3 Linux

On Ubuntu 18.04 (and possibly Debian), the library and header files can be installed by running:

    sudo aptitude install libv8-3.14.5 libv8-3.14-dev

Similar packages may be available for other distributions (adjust the package names accordingly).

=head1 SEE ALSO

=head2 Further documentation


=item * L<JavaScript::V8::Context>

Details on the context object and the mapping between JavaScript and Perl


=head2 Extension modules


=item * L<JavaScript::V8x::TestMoreish>


=head2 Other JavaScript bindings for Perl


=item * L<JavaScript>

=item * L<JavaScript::Lite>

=item * L<JavaScript::SpiderMonkey>

=item * L<JE>



The source code lives at L<>.

=head1 AUTHORS

  Pawel Murias <pawelmurias at gmail dot com>
  David Leadbeater <>
  Paul Driver <frodwith at gmail dot com>
  Igor Zaytsev <>


  Copyright (c) 2009-2010 Paweł Murias
  Copyright (c) 2011 David Leadbeater
  Copyright (c) 2011 Igor Zaytsev

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the same terms as Perl itself.



=item Claes Jakobsson <claesjac at cpan dot org>

I stole and adapted pieces of docs and API design from

=item Brian Hammond <brain @ fictorial dot com>

For salvaging the code of from a message board (which I took some code
and the idea from)

=item The hacker who wrote and posted it on the message board


=item All the fine people at for helping me write this module