ChicagoRuby: Downtown - CoffeeScript: JavaScript 2.0

  • June 7, 2011 · 6:00 PM
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Note: The original talk on regex has been postponed. In its place, we bring you...

CoffeeScript: JavaScript 2.0
JavaScript is the assembly language of the web, and the first generation of higher-level languages built on top of that foundation has arrived. CoffeeScript is an exciting entry in this nascent field, embracing the best of JavaScript, extending it with collection operators, and wrapping it all in a more succinct, Ruby-ish grammar. CoffeeScript's benefits have proven so compelling that it is supported in the core of Rails 3.1. I will introduce CoffeeScript's core syntax, demonstrate how it is used in a Rails 3.1 project, and show examples of its use in real-world client and server projects.

About Our Speaker: David has been a professional web application developer for more than a decade, cutting his teeth on CGI with Perl, adopting Java in its infancy, jumping to Ruby shortly after Rails went 1.0, and currently investigating Node.js, SproutCore, and CouchDB. In his spare time, he tinkers with iOS development and creates Arduino projects with his three year old daughter. He is the lead organizer behind SecondConf, focusing on what's next for development and interaction design in the Apple ecosystem, and how to apply those technologies to improve the world.

After most downtown meetings we head over to Elephant & Castle (185 N. Wabash) for refreshments & fellowship. Join us for a few minutes if you have time.

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  • Justin L.

    I heard several people saying they wanted more

    June 8, 2011

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    A former member

    Great subject and presentation! Food is good too!

    June 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation and awesome space. A mic would be a great addition as it's hard to hear the speaker sometimes.

    June 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone at elephant an castle yet?

    June 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make the meeting but look forward to meet everyone at Elephant and Castle after. Please chat with me if you would like to know more about how we can bring Ruby Nuby to Chicago.

    June 7, 2011

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