Landscape & Language
in the
World of JavaScript

JavaScript

  • Written by Brendan Eich in 10 Days
  • Mocha
    (not to be confused with the Mocha Test Framework)
  • LiveScript
  • VBScript
  • JScript

Notes:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Eich
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaScript#History

ECMAScript

  • Standardized by Ecma International
    (previously the European Computer Manufacturers Association)
  • TC39 - The ECMAScript specification committee
  • ECMAScript 3
  • ECMAScript 4 –– never standardized
  • ECMAScript 5 == "Harmony"
  • ECMAScript 6 == ES 2015
  • ECMAScript 7 == ES 2016 == ECMA-262

Notes:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecma_International
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaScript
  • https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/New_in_JavaScript/ECMAScript_6_support_in_Mozilla
  • https://medium.com/@jayphelps/please-stop-referring-to-proposed-javascript-features-as-es7-cad29f9dcc4b#.93d42og53

Transpilers

  • Translate one language or version
    to another language or version, e.g.
    • ES6 ==> ES3
    • TypeScript ==> ES3
  • Babel
  • Traceur
  • es6-shim
  • esnext

Notes:

  • https://scotch.io/tutorials/javascript-transpilers-what-they-are-why-we-need-them
  • http://thenewstack.io/javascript-transpilers-need-know/

Which Version to Use?

  • It depends on many factors,
    namely where your JS lives ...

Notes:

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Front-End

Notes:

  • https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Document_Object_Model
  • https://gist.github.com/liamcurry/2597326
  • https://plainjs.com/
  • http://modernweb.com/2014/05/05/replacing-jquery-with-vanilla-javascript/
  • http://vanilla-js.com/
  • MDN - Mozilla Developer Network - https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/

DETOUR: JS Engines

  • V8 - Chrome and node
  • SpiderMonkey - Firefox
  • Chakra - Microsoft IE & Edge
  • JavaScriptCore - Safari
  • Carakan - Opera

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DETOUR: Responsive Design

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Back-End

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Synchronicity

  • Synchronous == Blocking
  • Asynchronous == non-blocking
    • AJAX
    • Promises

Notes:

  • http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16336367/what-is-the-difference-between-synchronous-and-asynchronous-programming-in-node
  • AJAX - Asynchronous JavaScript and XML

Programming Paradigms & Data Mutability

  • Programming Paradigms:
    • Procedural / Imperative
    • Object-oriented
    • Functional
  • Data Mutability:
    • Mutable
    • Immutable

Notes:

  • http://funkyjavascript.com/procedural-vs-object-oriented-vs-functional-programming/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procedural_programming

Modules & Libraries

Notes:

  • A module or library is "a chunk of self-contained code that we can use and re-use in our own projects" - https://www.infoq.com/articles/state-of-javascript-2016
  • https://medium.freecodecamp.com/javascript-modules-a-beginner-s-guide-783f7d7a5fcc

Testing

Notes:

  • https://metasean.github.io/blog/2016/04/07/T-D-D-for-J-S-Learners.html

Build Tools

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Frameworks vs Libraries

  • Opinionated scaffolding & standardization
  • Frameworks:
    • Angular 1.x / 2.x
    • Ember.js
    • Meteor
  • Libraries:

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Databases

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Landscape & Language in the World of JavaScript

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Landscape & Language in the World of JavaScript

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