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JavaScript by Aidan Feldman

While looked down upon by "hardcore" programming language enthusiasts, JavaScript is a surprisingly flexible (not to mention ubiquitous) language with functional and prototypal characteristics.  We'll go through basic syntax, features and limitations, but primarily focus on common patterns as they're used in web development.

If there's time, bonus topics include covering current trends like promises and data binding, and the new toys coming in ES6 (the upcoming version of the language).

If you're interested in some pre/post-work, check out his list of JS resources.

Aidan Feldman is Education Hacker at GitHub by day, dancer by night.  On the side, he organizes Hacker Hours, volunteers at CoderDojo, bikes, and teaches Advanced JavaScript at NYU. api.afeld.me

Last but not least, free beer and pizza will be graciously provided by our hosts, The Ladders.

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  • Aidan F.

    Having trouble posting a formatted version of the slides, but you can see the content here: https://github.com/afeld/js-overview

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Devon M.

    Hi - what was the site Aidan showed at the end of the talk w/the FPS game?

    October 1, 2013

  • Gregory S.

    Aidan, Thank you for the quick intro into JavaScript. Your explanations and sample code were great.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Darren Douglas L.

    Great instructor, I wish there was time to go more in depth. He did a great job keeping the presentation on track, answering questions and even keeping the hecklers happy.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Ginna B.

    Really enjoyed this meetup! Thanks to everyone who hosted/taught! Looking forward to more.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Pierre de L.

    Aidan did a good job of exposing the sweet spots of JavaScript and also describing numerous libraries and frameworks currently available for JS and web development.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Muhammad

    I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks for putting it together. BTW, with respect to ubiquity of JS, could you also include a few pointers on its frameworks (such as JQuery Mobile) ? Thanks a lot. :)

    September 20, 2013

  • Mehboob A.

    Really looking forward to this one. Do you have any leads on getting a speaker? I may be able to help.

    August 23, 2013

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