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Glenn R.


Charlottesville, VA

Member since:

June 17, 2013

How would you describe your level of expertise with Javascript? Beginner, dabbler, copy-n-paster, expert, master, ninja, etc.?

Dabbler looking for a deep-dive right through to retirement. I'm definitely not a copy-n-paster because I want to do it right, and you have to find that stuff first. Then you have to test it. My JS sales pitch was delivered by Douglas Crockford and his time-honored tome, "JavaScript: The Best Parts." That is all the credibility I needed. I'm a believer.

Do you mostly use Javascript for web, server-side, mobile, or desktop development?

At this point, desktop development. I'm currently using JS to develop a standalone application in Cycling74's visual multimedia programming environment called MAX\MSP. I know I'm in over my head, but I'm doing pretty well, and Loving it. I would very much like to explore other areas, particularly the junction of JS, HTML5 and CSS.

What topics related to Javascript most interest you? MVC frameworks, jQuery, Node, etc?

Given my networking and db background, I have always been really interested in MVC. This was one of the reasons I initially chose Adobe's AS3 (a similar ECMAScript language). Having said that, I believe the direction where my skills would be of greatest benefit would be in the UX element. I am a very workflow\process-oriented individual, and find I'm very good at designing intuitive interfaces. With the eroding status of the Flex\Flash field, JS, HTML5, and CSS seem to be quite an adequate replacement solution. I am also interested in addressing the security aspects of JS, and want to learn to write the best code possible. That's likely on the server side producing the HTML\CSS, but adhere to the standard set by JSLint. I will also continue to read and re-read M. J. Fisher's excellent article, Leveling Up As A Developer. On the personal side, I am taking my JS development into new directions with my device designs (in MAX\MSP); so many great features to be brought to fruition.


Former Systems and Network Engineer, with some db admin\development currently porting over to JavaScript PPI (Person-Programming Interface). For the past five years I've been trying to transition to becoming a developer. Now is the time.

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