Web Directions Summit 2017

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Kyle Simpson

Keep Betting on JavaScript

Kyle Simpson Author You don't Know JS

Brendan Eich's famous quip, "Always bet on JavaScript", revels in JS's history of naysayers predicting that we'd eventually reach a point where JS couldn't grow to meet the demands of modern development; it turns out those have always been bad bets.

It's safe to say JS is no longer trying to prove itself. It has arrived. Even if it was once a "dumb kid brother" to something like Java, it's now fully a first class citizen in the programming language ecosystem. JS is certainly not the only dominant language or the "best tool" for every situation. But increasingly, most tech stacks have it as a central part of their strategy.

In this talk, we're going to look forward at what's over the horizon for JavaScript, the world's most ubiquitous and popular (by usage if not emotion!) language. We'll look at Web Assembly, upcoming proposals that will be game changers for the web platform, and more. A bet is always a guess, but let's explore why bets on JS will only get sweeter.

Kyle Simpson

Kyle Simpson is an evangelist of the open web, passionate about all things JavaScript. He writes books, teaches JavaScript, speaks, and contributes to the world of OSS.

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Phil Whitehouse
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Phil Whitehouse,
Innovation Lead DigitasLBi

Ethan Marcotte
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Ethan Marcotte,
inventor "responsive Web design"

Dave Greiner
Out of any conference, Web Directions is far and away our favourite

Dave Greiner,
founder Campaign Monitor

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