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The Power of Javascript



Glenn Vanderburg makes the case for Javascript, a language long overlooked. This presentation from JAOO 2007 shows how its OOP model and other language features make it a very powerful tool and how to use these features to get the most out of the language.


Glenn Vanderburg is an independent consultant focused on cutting-edge software development technologies and techniques, including Ruby, JavaScript, Ajax, and state-of-the-art development practices.

About the conference

JAOO is the premier European developer conference on software technology, methods and best practices. The conference presents in-depth presentations and tutorials by researchers, engineers and trend-setters in software engineering and technology.

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Mar 29, 2008

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  • That's great!

    by João Vieira da Luz,

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    Glenn got the point. I've put my two arms in the air several times. I reviewed myself several times on my javascript learning curve.

    The last statement: "Great, new, powerful things aren't going to look like the things we already understand. If we aren't expecting that, we'll miss them."

    This is very true about javascript.
    Thanks Glenn.

  • Nice presentation

    by Julian Browne,

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    A good presentation that's well worth sitting through. Not sure that it will convince hardened doubters that javascript is a candidate for more serious work, despite it's growing role in the ajax world, but then if you have strong views on the risk/power that javascript's fluidity provides I guess it would take more than one presentation. I've been playing with Phobos recently (admittedly for my own edification as opposed to anything industrial strength) and love it.

  • Excellent article that taught me a lot about JavaScript...

    by Chris Randall,

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    Got to love American presentations. These guys are naturals are being entertaining and charismatic. It's been a long time since I saw an event where the speaker was American, that was truly boring.

    It's the approach that states the speaker must make the audience understand the topic, rather than like here in England where the emphasis is on the audience member giving his or her full concentration towards understanding the subject of the talk.

    This was one of the more informative talks I've had the pleasure of watching. I've always tended to avoid using JavaScript, but after watching this presentation, I will be investing much more time in learning the subject.

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