Ajax Experience: Stuart Halloway – Advanced Prototype

October 24th, 2007

Stuart Halloway is one of the most engaging speakers you are ever to likely to see. He knows his topics well and he presents in a very entertaining and often tangential style.

I won’t bother to comment on the Advanced Prototype part of his talk – you can find prototype discussed in many places. I’ll try instead to follow some of the tangents.

Stuart expresses a strong opinion about Javascript 2.0 – to wit that it is an abomination up with which he will not put. He says that it seems to consist of a bunch features added by people who don’t “get” how Javascript 1.x should have taught them to program, all imposed from on high by the ActionScript camp (a charge I’ve heard from others in the ECMAScript observer community).

Recommended tools:
Javascript Shell

Random rant: “a Domain Specific Language is a way of dressing up your crappy IDE so it looks nice”

I look forward to his “Refactotum” talk tomorrow, which will be about how to contribute to an open-source project.

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