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How do you Like Your JavaScript?

February 12th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Old Ajax hand Brent Ashley has broken what I can only hope was a self imposed silence today with Javascript – the Web 2.0 developer’s Babelfish. I must say I agree with Brent’s “unformed” idea: some of today’s popular JavaScript libraries try to make JS “feel” more like a different language. I make this point when I talk about Ajax or when people quiz me about which library is perfect for them – if Ruby makes your skin crawl, chances are you won’t like Prototype and many of the Java guys I know adore GWT since it allows them to stay in their comfort zone.

As much as I agree with his post, never forget that JavaScript is JavaScript – a perfectly fine language thank you very much. It’s natural to make analogies but those can be dangerous ;)

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  1. February 12th, 2007 at 20:41 | #1

    I agree that Javascript is a great language all on its own. Doug’s tutorials at http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/theater/ demonstrate that incredibly well.

    Sorry to have been quiet of late. I haven’t felt I’ve had anything profound to say lately – there’s so much brilliant commentary around that it’s hard to feel your two cents is worthwhile.

  2. February 15th, 2007 at 22:09 | #2

    I knew *you* felt JS was a “real” language – can’t say the same for a lot of people. Don’t get me wrong, I think GWT is pretty amazing stuff but I agree with Alex’s initial comment at JavaOne last year…it’s not a bug to be squashed. Heck Brent, we’re all just full of hot air and as cold as it’s been here in the big Minne, we could use some warming up! Good to hear from you, been too long since we’ve chatted. My best,

    Nate

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