JavaScript: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Remember those “choose your own adventure” books? Well, what if you could do that in JavaScript? What if you could make tools that customize the language, to your own liking, while still playing nicely with others? That's the hypothetical “heresy” that Kyle Simpson imagines in his talk from Forward JS.

Kyle suggests that, maybe, we need less standards and better tools. “The JS standard only gets you so far. Want to really step up your game at writing code? You gotta make your own JavaScript.” He talks macros, code parsers and transpilers, fun tricks, and the “religious” battles that divide teams working in JavaScript- what if you could collaborate without agreeing on things like spaces vs. tabs or semicolons vs non-semicolons.

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Published August 8, 2014