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JavaScript Meetup October

Gergely Orosz (Skype): Hello WinJS - Building Skype using Javascript

Javascript is steadily gaining popularity among Windows developers, as - together with C# - it is the main language for Windows 8 development. Most of the preinstalled apps like email, music and Skype are all written in JS, making heavy use of the WinJS framework. In this talk we'll do a quick overview of WinJS and see how it compares to some of the popular Javascript frameworks. We'll also cover lessons learned when developing Skype for Windows 8 using this library.


This event is English speaking.  Free pizza and beer provided by Prezi.


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  • Gergely O.

    The slides for the talk can be downloaded from here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/afb5ggp2v8f539t/HelloWinJS.pptx

    1 · October 16, 2013

    • Gergely O.

      That table just served as a rough overview of what different frameworks are for, highlighting that WinJS isn't a SPA framework, but much more of a tools framework - unlike e.g. Angular or Knockout.

      The Angular core doesn't have rich animation capabilities like jQuery on WinJS (http://msdn.microsoft...­), but I've changed this to partial support, as it indeed provides the hooks.

      Custom controls stands for the framework providing out of the box custom controls. Angular doesn't provide these - though they can be built -, while WinJS has about 20 custom ones like date picker, appbar, listview. http://msdn.microsoft...­

      But again the goal of the table was to show how WinJS is more of a set of tools then a framework and wasn't meant as a thorough framework comparison.

      October 21, 2013

    • Gergely N.

      fair enough

      October 22, 2013

  • Bálint M.

    It was my first meetup, and I really enjoyed it! :) See you next month!

    October 17, 2013

  • Sam H.

    Good presentation! Difficult topic of course, but it was interesting.

    October 17, 2013

  • Török G.

    great talk from the Skype guy

    October 17, 2013

  • Benedek G.

    Interesting topic, really good presenter.

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, Fever & flue won

    October 16, 2013

  • Miklós K.

    De szívesen megnézném online...

    October 15, 2013

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