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The past, present, and future of JavaScript

Hello JavaScript Air friends!

This week’s podcast was unfortunately canceled. So this is a rerun of our very first show: Kicking off JavaScript Air with our first guest Brendan Eich (original creator of JavaScript) to talk about the past, present, and future of JavaScript.

Check out Episode 1: The past, present, and future of JavaScript.

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This week’s guests

Brendan Eich

Brendan Eich, @BrendanEich

Links Tips
  • Learn JavaScript
Tyler McGinnis

Tyler McGinnis, @tylermcginnis33

  • Find people smarter than you and copy what they do.
Lin Clark

Lin Clark, @linclark

  • Dead code elimination (in Webpack)

Matt Zabriskie, @mzabriskie

Links Tips
  • Use the future of JavaScript with Babel
Kyle Simpson

Kyle Simpson, @getify

Kent C. Dodds

Kent C. Dodds, @kentcdodds

  • Learn JavaScript with MDN
Pam Selle

Pam Selle, @pamasaur

Brian Lonsdorf

Brian Lonsdorf, @drboolean

  • Try elm and wait for the video from this

From this episode:

“So I was accused by Yehuda Katz on Twitter for being behind @realDonaldJS Twitter account and @realDonaldJS wants to make Vanilla JavaScript great again. I am not behind that account but I do want to people to learn JavaScript. I don’t think they should just skip it. It’s sort of like in the old days, people should learn assembly or in the 80’s learn C code at least. And I think there’s still value for some people to do even that.”
Brendan Eich, on the importance of learning JS
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