Why wait for Harmony? Use Asynchronous Modules with jQuery now!

The next edition of JavaScript (aka "Harmony" or "ES.Next") promises to finally bring native modules to the language. Yay! Modules are hawt! But who cares? Current browsers don't support modules, and it's going to be 2019 before IE9 finally dies out.

No need to wait! Major corporations and modern JavaScript toolkits, such as dojo, SproutCore, and MooTools, are going 100% modules today.  And now jQuery 1.7 plays nice with modules, too! Asynchronous Module Definition (aka "AMD") is the new standard in JavaScript modules. It works everywhere: on the server and in the browser.  It's even at the core of Firebug!

In this presentation John Hann (aka unscriptable) will show you AMD's drop-dead simple API and cover its extensions to work with node.js and CommonJS modules.  You'll learn how AMD solves <script> tag hell, improves page load performance, and helps you write modular code.

Throughout the talk, John will demo a live jQuery app. And time permitting, he'll cover strategies to use jQuery plugins as modules, too.

Pizza & beer (thanks to smartURL) should arrive at 6:30pm, and the talks will get underway at 7pm!

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  • John H.

    Hey Merlin! I don't have plans to do this presentation (or similar) in the Boston area for a few months. :( We are about to do some screencasts, though. Maybe we can do a demo of some module authoring with a bit of performance tuning. Follow me on twitter (@unscriptable) if you'd like to keep in touch. Regards, John

    November 11, 2011

  • Merlin C.

    @John I missed this one too, unfortunately. Do you plan on doing this presentation at any other Meetups in the future?

    November 10, 2011

  • Jesse G.

    I wish I made this meetup, arg! Can't wait for the next one.

    November 10, 2011

  • John H.

    I know I mentioned it briefly, but I want to remind anyone trying out curl and cram: the code I demoed last night is still in development. Be sure to use the dev branch on github (https://github.com/unscriptable­) and expect a few bugs until I've completed the unit tests for release 0.6.

    November 3, 2011

  • John H.

    Bocoup: you guys rock! thanks everybody for attending! and thanks smartURL for the pizza and beer!

    November 3, 2011

  • John H.

    November 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The talk was good, but not what I thought it would be. I would like more emphasis on jQuery.

    November 3, 2011

  • Ben A.

    John really knows what he's talking about. Very cool stuff.

    November 3, 2011

  • Nate M.

    If only all pain could be removed from being an early adopter ... but this was a good state of the art talk on Modules and how they can be used, with eye to the future, thanks

    November 3, 2011

  • Kianosh P.

    Great topic and speaker.

    November 3, 2011

  • Taylor K.

    Good format, and definitely a lot of information discussed. The subject matter was a little bit above my skill level which is the only reason it's a 3 instead of a 4 for me.

    November 3, 2011

  • John H.

    Great questions from the audience and lots of interest in modules. Wish I had gotten some sleep the night before so I could have been more cohehert. :/

    November 3, 2011

  • John H.

    just arrived at the Bocoup Loft and all I can think is "OMG INTERNETZ!" been without real internet since snowmageddon 2011. communicating with the world through a 3.5" porthole of a phone over 2G speeds almost killed me. looking forward to chatting about AMD, CommonJS, and Harmony!

    November 2, 2011

  • Ben A.

    Even if it's completely full, show up anyways. If, for some reason, all 85 people actually show up (usually it's closer to 70), you can stand in the back of the room. :-)

    1 · November 1, 2011

  • Casey T.

    hmm, I don;t see the 1 spot avail, I'll show up anyways though, thanks for the tip!

    October 26, 2011

  • Joe S.

    Looking at it now, it says there is one spot available.

    October 26, 2011

  • Eric S.

    Meetup.com still shows me "1 spot available". Even if you don't get that official spot, I would encourage you to show up to the meetup. Often times, many of the people who RSVP don't actually show.

    October 26, 2011

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