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JavaScript: The Good Parts

JavaScript is a language with more than its share of bad parts

The Most Distinguished Conference Faculty of the Year
 AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 East, which took place last March in New York City, featured more than 120 distinguished speakers who between them represent  the world's leading domain experts in designing, building, and deploying rich-web applications and solutions, including: Jan Aaleman - Servoy, Brad Abrams - Microsoft, Aaron Adams - Cynergy Systems, Mike Aizatsky - JetBrains, Dean Allemang - TopQuadrant, John F. Andrews - Evans Data Corp, Troy Angrignon - Business Objects, Jean-Francois Arcand - Sun, Robb Beal - Laszlo Systems, Scott Blum - Google, Stowe Boyd - Blue Whale Labs, Bob Buffone - Nexaweb, Alex Bunardzic - Jooto, Kurt Cagle - Cagle Communications, Andre Charland - Nitobi, Christophe Coenraets - Adobe, Dan Cornell - Open Web Application Security Project, Douglas Crockford - Yahoo!, John Crupi - JackBe, Luis Derechin - JackBe, Nima Dilmaghani - Microsoft, John Eckman - Optaros, John Fallows - Brane Corporation, Jon Ferraiolo - OpenAjax Alliance, Jeremy Geelan - SYS-CON Media, Joshua Gertzen - ThinWire, Rob Gonda - iChameleon, Robert Goodman - IBM, Chris Gruber - IBM, Aaron Gustafson - easy-reader.net, Andi Gutmans - Zend, Kris Hadlock - krishadlock.com, Kevin Hakman - TIBCO, James Harmon - Object Training Group, Dion Hinchcliffe - Hinchcliffe & Co./AJAXWorld Magazine, Billy Hoffman - SPI Dynamics, Molly E. Holzschlag - Molly.com, Kevin Hoyt - Adobe, Jonas Jacobi - Brane Corporation, Nathan Jakubiak - Parasoft, Ajit Jaokar - Futuretext, Karl Johnson - Cynergy Systems, TJ Kang - ThinkFree, Antun Karlovac - Laszlo Systems, Ritu Khanna - University of Michigan, Gavin King - JBoss/Red Hat, Riccardo La Rosa - Molecular, Jonathan Levin - JADE, Kent Libbey - Laszlo Systems, David Linthicum - The Linthicum Group, Kito Mann - JSF Central, Stephen Maryka - ICEsoft, Craig McClanahan - Sun, Eric Miraglia - Yahoo!, Greg Murray - Sun, Jim Phelan - Stream57, Jouk Pleiter - Backbase, Mike Potter - Adobe, Peggy Rackstraw - Laszlo Systems, Hooman Radfar - Clearspring Technologies, Juho Risku - Helmi Technologies, Gordon Ritter - Emergence Capital Partners, Steve Rubel - "Micropersuasion", Adam Sah - Google, Bruno Schaeffer - Canoo Engineering, Chris Schalk - Google, Dylan Schiemann - Sitepen / Dojo Foundation, Neil Sequeira - General Capital Partners, Seshubabu Simhadri - Global Computer Enterprises, Bret Simister - Laszlo Systems, Ric Smith - Oracle, Reginald Stadlbauer - froglogic, Joe Stagner - MIcrosoft, Ryan Stout - Freewebs, Yuval Tarsi - Serendipity Technologies, David Temkin - Laszlo Systems, Edward H. Trager - University of Michigan, Tony Tran - Roundarch, Andrew Trice - Cynergy Systems, Walker - Getahead / DWR, Coach Wei - Nexaweb, Dustin Whittle - Yahoo!, Dave Wolf -Cynergy Systems, Adam Wolff - Laszlo Systems, Bob Zurek - IBM.

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AJAXWorld News Desk 08/07/07 06:15:48 PM EDT

JavaScript is a language with more than its share of bad parts. It went from non-existence to global adoption in an alarmingly short period of time. It never had an interval in the lab when it could be tried out and polished. JavaScript has some extraordinarily good parts. In JavaScript there is a beautiful, highly expressive language that is buried under a steaming pile of good intentions and blunders. The best nature of JavaScript was so effectively hidden that for many years the prevailing opinion of JavaScript was that it was an unsightly, incompetent abomination. My intention here is to expose the goodness in JavaScript, an outstanding dynamic programming language. Within the language is an elegant subset that is vastly superior to the language as a whole, being more reliable, readable, and maintainable.