V8 and its compatriots did (and still work to) make JS quick enough to be considered a performant language by all but the pickiest standards
The advent of Node.js was a catalyst for
the already explosive growth of the JS community
Web developers already spoke not only JS, but async.
The community works to make it accessible to all.
I'm going to stand up an API, with Mongoose and Restify, in around 10 minutes. It'll allow me to add and get a resource
Ubiquitous with NodeBots
Control Arduino with Node
Built on Node-Serialport
2 Servos, controlled by rotating potentiometers
All written in JS
The next advance in JS Hardware: Small, Cheap, ARM-based Linux systems.
We'll see how the integrated cloud9 IDE works, and light up an RGB LED.
There are applications of JS on hardware that use an interpreter directly instead of going through Node.
Firefox OS is a phone/tablet OS
You write apps for it in the web tech you already know.
(They even recently released an Android Bundler!)
Just HTML, CSS, and JS.
Kickstart-ered last year
Runs JS on the microprocessor
A little unstable, but getting there.
Meant for full-on development!
Open-Source as a default
NPM/Bower/Central Package Directories
Modules > Systems
Come find me and let me know if you disagree with the following:
I don't like large frameworks like Ember, Angular, Rails, or Express- I feel smaller frameworks and networks of modules tend to work out better.
We just need to remember to use the right tool for the job, and be willing to try new things.
Write the Docs.
The Google Principle!
Come talk to me!