Sessions at Open Source Bridge 2010 about Tutorials and Concurrency and Best Practices with notes

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Thursday 3rd June 2010

  • Professional JavaScript

    by Jesse Hallett

    This talk will examine some of the features that make JavaScript stand out, including its functional roots, its ultra-simple object-oriented implementation, and the details of event-based concurrency. All of these can seem quite alien when coming from a background in a different language. I will talk about how to get the best use out of these features - and I hope to show that the things that make JavaScript different are also its greatest strengths.

    I will also go over common pitfalls in JavaScript development. These are non-obvious traps that unfortunately can put people off of JavaScript when they cause programs to behave in unexpected ways. As Douglas Crockford puts it, these are the "bad parts" that anyone who is working with JavaScript should be aware of.

    Finally I will introduce some techniques for writing well-structured code for the client portion of a web application. Specifically I will talk about my own experiences using a model-view-controller pattern, making the best of JavaScript's object-oriented features, and using events to implement re-usable components.

    There is a lot of ground to cover when it comes to the best practices of an entire language. So I will introduce topics and point you to resources for learning more. I also expect lots of questions. I am most interested in getting people the information that they want; so your questions will help to guide this session so that it is as useful as possible for everybody.

    At 10:00am to 11:45am, Thursday 3rd June

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