JavaScript is not the enemy

A session at HalfStack 2016

Friday 18th November, 2016

1:30pm to 2:05pm (GMT)

There is a massive confusion about JavaScript happening right now. The pro-JS people see the benefits of creating everything with it and benefit from the control that gives us. At the same time we complicate the build process beyond what any newcomer should go through. The JS critics rightfully point out its flakiness and the issue of legacy environments. Both are right, and both are wrong. Fact is that JavaScript is a massive benefit to the web and allows us to build amazing interfaces. What needs to change is how we approach it.

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Christian Heilmann

Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people including Yahoo Answers, Search, Local and Maps. He then worked at Mozilla moving HTML5 support forward and advocating Firefox OS as an open alternative to closed mobile systems. Chris wrote two and contributed to eight books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more. He also wrote the Developer Evangelism Handbook in use in many companies to coach evangelists.

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Time 1:30pm2:05pm GMT

Date Fri 18th November 2016

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  • The Art & Science of JavaScript
  • Web Development Solutions
  • Web Accessibility

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