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Choosing CoffeeScript

Should you use CoffeeScript in your web application?

CoffeeScript is a programming language that compiles into JavaScript and has been steadily rising in popularity since its release two years ago.

Adam Buggia (@abuggia) is an Engineering Director at Localytics where he implements front-end functionality using CoffeeScript.

Adam will highlight some of the advantages of using CoffeeScript and take you through the decision process to use CoffeeScript in their mobile analytics dashboard.

After the presentation | demonstration, we will go around the room introducing ourselves and asking the group for advice | opinions on any JavaScript-related issues members are facing.

This meeting is being hosted by SignedOn, located on Floor 4 at 373 Washington St, Down-Town Crossing, MA. A one minute walk from State T station. You can use the map on to see where the closest parking spots are.

About Coffee Script

CoffeeScript is a little language that compiles into JavaScript. Underneath all those awkward braces and semicolons, JavaScript has always had a gorgeous object model at its heart. CoffeeScript is an attempt to expose the good parts of JavaScript in a simple way.

Check out some of the apps and sites that Coffee script being used in today:


CloudApp allows you to share images, links, music, videosand files.


WebGL implementation of Minecraft written in Coffeescript.


A blogging platform. Used CoffeeScript to create its revamped "Spaces" front-end.


 Massively multiplayer online spreadsheet. (CoffeeScript + Zappa.js)

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  • Bobby C.

    While I'm still not completely sold on CoffeScript, I'm a lot more sold than I expected to be. Terrible product names aside, it looks like it could be a useful language in certain situations. I'll have to get more familiar to know which situations, but Adam did mention some suggestions that I regret not writing down.
    Presentation was very good, Adam kept it at a high level with some background about the project, some live demos and some good anecdotes about how he has used the language and a few lessons learned.
    As for people complaining about the start time of the presentation, food and networking is a major component of this type of event and if you expect a bunch of developers to all show up on time for a meeting after the work day, you probably don't know many developers. The presentation did exactly what the description said and finished before the advertised time of 8:30, so publicly cursing out the organizers makes you sound childish.

    April 2, 2012

  • Hilary

    Great presentation - clear and concise.

    March 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you list a starting time of 6:30, then start the fucking presentation at 6:30, not 7:15.

    March 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The presenter couldn't have been less enthusiastic (or qualified) to talk about coffeescript. I didn't get what I was looking for.

    March 30, 2012

  • Andrew R.

    A great tour of CoffeeScript for the uninitiated like myself.

    March 30, 2012

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