We just released version 0.3.1 with some nice updates:
No more same-package imports
With Jangaroo 0.3.1, you no longer need to import classes of the same package to enable automatic class loading. The compiler now scans the directory of the current source file for all *.as files, so that it knows about all declarations in the same package. The limitation that you have to import top-level Jangaroo classes for automatic class loading to work remains---hopefully only until the next release! For more info about Jangaroo and top-level classes, read on below.
Oh, behave, Rhino!
Alias for top-level package
The updated Jangaroo runtime defines the alias js for the top-level package. Why?
ActionScript seems to have a problem with top-level classes. Say you have a top-level class Node, and some framework defines a class org.w3c.dom.Node. In your client code, you need to use both classes, so you have to import org.w3c.dom.Node (the top-level class is in scope by default). With asdoc (which is based on the Flex ActionScript compiler), this situation leads to the error that Node is not defined (I also tried importing the top-level Node explicitly). Whether this is a compiler bug or a conceptual problem in ActionScript, I don't really care, since we cannot wait for asdoc to be fixed. My theory is that the import mapping is removed as a result of the name clash, as there is a rule that two imports with the same local name cancel each other out, which means that both classes have to be used with their fully qualified names. But what is the fully qualified name of a top-level class?!
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