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    Plugin babel-plugin-object-source for babel allows to wrap any object in transpiled EcmaScript code in manner, which allows later to find original declaration of object.
    For every non-primitive value - Ecmascript object - hidden field __SOURCE_DELCARATION__ will be attached, so in later use original file name & line number can be ealisy retrieved.
    Plugin works with ES5-only AST tree, so must be included after any ES6+ and other babel transformation plugins.

    Works with latest babel versions, including 6-th and 7-th branch. Tested on babel-core@^6.26.0 and @babel/core@7.0.0-beta.47. Note that since 7-th version babel core package moved into dedicated org-namespace.

    Use case

    When develop library or boilerplate starter, like react-scripts or resolve-scripts, there is common problem with reporting error to end user. If some configuration value is incorrent or omitted, it's very simple to detect it, but impossible to report original source, including file name and line number, where wrong configuration value had been created.
    Plugin babel-plugin-object-source helps in this use case - just configure development build with including this babel plugin, and every object become have __SOURCE_DELCARATION__ field, so wrong misconfigurated place can be reported

    Provided information

    Every wrapped object has following metainformation in __SOURCE_DELCARATION__ field:

    • sourceCode (string) - source code with object declaration
    • filename (string) - file name in which object has been created
    • startLine (number) - first line, where object creation had began
    • startColumn (number) - first column, where object creation had began
    • endLine (number) - last line, where object creation had end
    • endColumn (number) - last column, where object creation had end

    If babel or webpack have no specific or multi-stage transpile configuraion, all source code, file, line and columns mappings will point to original non-transpiled file.

    Usage limits

    Use babel-plugin-object-source ONLY in development mode, i.e. on first cold starts, when end user can make mistakes in configuration file. Plugin causes following effects:

    1. Plugin generates very long and verbose source code after transpiling. Since every inner object had been wrapped in own helper, growth will be non-linear
    2. If original code uses Object.getOwnPropertyNames or similar reflaction methods, they can discover __SOURCE_DELCARATION__ field, although it's of cource private and non-enumerable field.

    Besides to the proliferation of the source code, the plugin does not cause any side effects. Behaviour of original code will remain unchanged.

    Configuration with webpack

    const babelPluginObjectSource = require('babel-plugin-object-source')
    if(process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production') {
        webpackServerConfig.module.rules.forEach(rule =>
            rule.loaders.filter(({ loader }) => loader === 'babel-loader').forEach(
                loader =>
                    (loader.query.presets = [
                            plugins: [babelPluginObjectSource]
                    ].concat(Array.isArray(loader.query.presets) ? loader.query.presets : []))


    Examples can be found at resolve-scripts error handling module.

    import config from 'SOME_USER_CONFIG_FILE';
    import { raiseError } from 'error_handling';
    if(isNotGood(config.value)) {
       raiseError('Config `value` is not good', config.value)


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