ECMAScript 6 with Kit Cambridge

  • August 22, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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About the Talk

The upcoming sixth edition of ECMAScript—the standard that governs the JavaScript programming language—includes a bevy of syntactic improvements. In contrast to the 5th edition, which tightened internal semantics and introduced conservative API changes, ECMAScript 6 adds long-anticipated conveniences while remaining backward-compatible with existing code. New data structures and types—along with modules, core language refinements, and a smarter shorthand syntax—address many pain points in the current incarnation of the language. Whether you build applications, libraries, or tools, there's a feature in ES 6 for you.

This talk will emphasize core refinements: object literal and arrow function shorthands, destructuring assignment, variadic function helpers, Unicode and binary data support, collections, and template strings. Kit will also cover using proxies and generators to build composable libraries, and show you how you can use ECMAScript 6 features in your code today.

About the Speaker











Kit Cambridge (@kitcambridge) is a programmer at Black Pearl Systems who discovered JavaScript and the open web in 2009. His passion is delivering consistent experiences for users and developers, with an emphasis on cross-browser support, standards, and specification precedents. To that end, he is a former FuseJS core developer, a contributor to Lo-Dash, and a member of the BestieJS cooperative. Last year, Kit was one of four developers involved in the JSFixed effort to encourage broader community involvement in the development of ES 6.


6:00p Doors open -- mingle and enjoy a special Belgian ale tasting and great Middle Eastern appetizers *

7:00p Welcome notes and Introduction

7:10p Kit's Talk and Q&A

8:10/15p Prize giveaways and lightning talks **

* Belgian ale and appetizers provided by Healthy Spirits.


** If you are interested in doing a lightning talk, send the organizers your proposal. You must be at the venue to qualify for prizes.

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This event will be recorded. We will post the recording as soon as it is available, typically within a week after the event. Follow @sfhtml5 or visit this page for the announcement.

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  • Vanessa W.

    The recording of Kit's talk is now available:

    3 · September 6, 2013

    • Kimo C.

      Thanks for posting the recording Vanessa

      September 6, 2013

  • Carlos L.

    Good MeetUp!, heavy in content.
    Thank you.

    August 27, 2013

  • Suyash J.

    Those who missed the talks, can anyone post a link to Kit's presentation?. Thanks.

    August 23, 2013

  • petar

    any chance the lightning talks got recorded?

    August 22, 2013

    • Vanessa W.

      Hi Petar -- no, sorry. Please check the comments for links that the LT speakers posted.

      August 23, 2013

  • Dave E.

    An expansion of my thoughts on pluggable engines in browsers

    The Browser We Deserve

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Dan R.

    For those interested you can find more about PubNub at Also the slides are up at

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Dave E.

    Yes - great talk. Also thanks for the ChromeBook. I'm not sure I'm ready for a laptop that doesn't simultaneously crush and fry my thighs but I guess I'll find out.

    2 · August 23, 2013

  • Vanessa W.

    Lots of good information packed into a well formed presentation.

    2 · August 23, 2013

  • Peter L.

    Great and well-organized talk. Thanks for speaking, Kit!

    August 23, 2013

  • Tony S.

    Computer Science keeps moving forward

    August 22, 2013

  • Ben B.

    Thanks all for listening to my lightning talk on DreamFactory. For those who missed it, we make a free open source backend services platform + REST API for HTML5 and native app dev. Our website is Examples for AngularJS, jQuery, Sencha Touch, and a simple chat app (CORS with pub-sub) are on our GitHub page Kit, thank you for such a detailed presentation!

    2 · August 22, 2013

  • Benjamin D.

    Great presentation by Kit. Thanks for being so thorough.

    August 22, 2013

  • Harish G.

    Is raffles still valid for people who left after the talk? I had huddle to catch the Caltrain .

    August 22, 2013

    • Vanessa W.

      Sorry, you have to be at the event to win.

      August 22, 2013

  • Joshua W.

    Anyone know the WiFi password?

    August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it either.

    August 22, 2013

  • Todd J.

    Can't make it

    August 22, 2013

  • Kenji K.

    Stuck at work, and won't be able to make it there. :(

    August 22, 2013

  • Jon V.

    Can't make it :(

    August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can not make it and unRSVPd. Have a great event!

    August 22, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    i have another commitment.

    August 19, 2013

  • Terri

    I can't make it either, but my schedule is a bit more open now so I hope to make it to the next one.

    August 14, 2013

  • Ray De C.

    Will not be able to make it, but looking forward to the recording! Thank you.

    August 13, 2013

  • Ignacio P.

    I recently learend about ECMA, I've been using actionscript and javascript for a while now without even knowing. Very interesting stuff

    August 13, 2013

  • sandra V.

    we´re coming 2 people

    August 4, 2013

  • Derek F.


    July 30, 2013

  • Chris van R.

    I gladly yield for Belgian Ale and iterate through Middle Eastern appetizers.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Doug


    July 30, 2013

  • Wei

    Looking forward to it

    July 30, 2013

  • Steven


    July 30, 2013

  • Dan S.

    Yay, Kit!

    July 29, 2013

  • joschka-joseph a.

    July 29, 2013

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