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Use JavaScript

With Rocket you can use JavaScript on the client and server side. And you can do so within the same file be it Markdown, JavaScript or HTML.

Server Side JavaScript

With JavaScript on the server side you can do things like:

  • create dynamic html
  • convert data to html via templates
  • fetching data from an API
  • importing web components to server render
  • ...

Here is an example of how you can render an array and put it into your markdown page.

```js server
const films = [
  { title: 'A New Hope', release_date: '1977-05-25' },
  { title: 'The Empire Strikes Back', release_date: '1980-05-17' },

const filmList = html`
  ${ => html`${film.title} (${film.release_date})`)}

## Star Wars

### A list of all the movies [${films.length}]


Notice how you can put variables into your markdown file while still being able to use javascript to manipulate the data.

The output of the above code looks like this:

Star Wars

A list of all the movies [2]

  • A New Hope (1977-05-25)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980-05-17)

Client Side JavaScript

If you would like to add JavaScript to a page, you can do it inline using the client markdown directive. The script you write runs on the page as a module.

```js client
const message = 'Hello, World!';

Adding the above will log Hello, World! to the console without adding a global message variable.

This can be useful for importing web components and using them in Markdown. Imagine you had some magic-reveal element that you wanted to use on a page:

```js client
import 'magic-reveal/magic-reveal.js';


This text will get magically revealed.

I can **still** use Markdown as long as there is an empty line
between the opening/closing tags and my text.


Component Story Format

On the client side you can also also add storybook-style CSF (v2 only) stories to a page using js story or js preview-story, just make sure to import html from @mdjs/mdjs-preview instead of from lit or lit-html.

```js story
import { html } from '@mdjs/mdjs-preview';

export const StoryPreview = () => html` Use stories in Rocket! `;

And this is how it will look like: