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basel.js : Constructor : Lets meetup and plan future topics

basel.js = new Meetup("basel","javascript");

This is a first meetup to just meet and greet & discuss what a monthly meetup on Javascript should include. Also discuss libraries we are using or are looking into. (Or creating!)

Its heating up. Browsers are getting mature with very good support for javascript. Application logic is moving into the browsers. Graphics support is now incredible with Canvas and WebGL. Javascript is making serious in-roads on the server with node.js - which now even Microsoft is supporting. And Adobe is changing its focus with the recent news of halting development of mobile Flash plugin and recent aquisition of PhoneGap. Front end web technology, anchored by javascript is an excellent stack for cross platform development of applications, web, native and mobile. Microsoft has made public its plans to use HTML5 as the new platform for native Windows apps (ie Metro).

Developers are discovering that this is a powerful language, not just for rollovers any more. But its very a different language then many of us are used to: Not a classic OOP class based language. A very func-y language. WTF are closures? What is a functional programming language? Better then standard OOP? More elegant? Or more risk prone? Javascript is big now, but somewhat by accident, the default language of all browsers.

What's going to happen now? Can it remain as is? There are many libraries that allow you to program in a classic OOP style. And companies are coming up with tools like GWT or Dart that allow you to generate javascript from other languages. Where is this all going?

 

Shall we geek-out?

 

(Note - sorry for writing this in English! Meetup in German.)

Recommended reading:

How LinkedIn used node.js and HTML to build a better app: http://venturebeat.com/2011/08/16/linkedin-node/

Recent episodes of Javascript Weekly: http://javascriptweekly.com/archive/

Looking forwards to it!

 

Twitter @basel_js

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  • topherzee

    It was good. We talked about how javascript is recognized as a valuable language now, rather then just a toy. Discussed functional programming in general. Paul had a few puzzles- about what would be a good design pattern to resolve certain situations. Then Paul and I went through some of the Javascript Koans. https://github.com/liammclennan/JavaScript-Koans

    Which turned out to be fun and instructive. Its a cool idea - boils down to quizzes about the language - but implemented in a "Test Driven Development" style. Its inspired me to just play around with simple test cases around the topic of closure and prototypical inheritance. Im still doing reading. But working with code, makes it sink in deeper.
    Also good to get familiar with QUnit - which it is implemented in. http://docs.jquery.com/Qunit

    Im thinking next meetup late January. I'll talk with Webilea folks next year.

    December 14, 2011

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  • topherzee
    Web Application Developer, Organizer,
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