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Hate JavaScript? Try TypeScript with Ben Hoelting

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Many C# developers hate JavaScript. I believe the reason for their hatred has nothing to do with JavaScript but with the lack of tooling and language features. .NET developers are spoiled by the top notch language and IDE features of Visual Studio. This session will discuss some of the tooling advancements in Visual Studio 2012 related to JavaScript development. TypeScript is a new language developed by the creators of C# that compiles to JavaScript. The last portion of this session will dive into TypeScript and discuss some of the language features it provides on top of normal JavaScript. Between the IDE enhancements in VS 2012 and the language features of TypeScript, you will see that JavaScript development is not so bad.


New JavaScript IDE Features in VS 2012 A definition of TypeScript How to use VS 2012 and TypeScript to make JavaScript development bearable

Ben Hoelting: Software Architect for Aspenware, C# MVP and Telerik Insider. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a BS in Computer Information Systems and a Minor in Computer Science. Ben joined the IT industry in 1996 as an intern and has worked with .NET since its inception back in 2002. Over the last few years he has done some work for the Department of Defense. He left the government world and now works for Aspenware in Denver. His most recent projects include a XAML line of business application that uses the ADO.NET ( Entity Framework to access the backend data store. He also is working on an MS Office automation project as well as geospatial ASP.NET ( MVC website. Ben is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) for Web and Windows .NET 4.0. His blog is at ( and his twitter stream is at . Finally, Ben is very involved in the local .NET community and is the leader of the South Colorado .NET User Group.

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