Speaking on JavaScript at 360|Flex 2012


It’s almost time for another 360|Flex conference! This conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, April 15-18, 2012. Get your tickets fast while discounts are available! It’s always a huge opportunity to learn new things and get in touch and have fun with the community.

I’ve accepted the honor of speaking at this year’s conference and will be speaking on JavaScript on Wednesday at 10:50am. As you probably know, the Adobe community has really been shaken up over the last few months. Adobe’s position on Flash and Flex has morphed and many engineers are taking a closer look at other technologies. While JavaScript holds a stigma of being a red-headed step-child from the same orphanage as ActionScript 1, many see it as the inevitable future of the web. While the language hasn’t evolved much, libraries and patterns have shaped up to help provide an environment conducive to building robust, dynamic enterprise apps. We’ll discuss these libraries and patterns, learn how they relate to Flex, and make a comfortable home away from home.

Many of the concepts will be pulled from the JavaScript architecture series I recently started. Also, while I am a software engineer at Adobe, my thoughts are my own and do not represent those of Adobe.

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12.21.2011 / NTJ said:

Enterprise level applications developed in JavaScript? I’d prefer BASIC for demanding projects – don’t let rational arguments influence you: Every piece of software can be written in BASIC. It’s a lot more work but we should be thankful that this action generates employment.. Projects like jangaroo.net wouldn’t exist, if JavaScript was acceptable.

Btw, I put a steam engine in my car – improvement never stops ;)

Browser vendors are COMPETITORS – which rather aim at market shares and USPs than at implementing standards. This is why Flash had such a big success: Though not open, it was a reliable de-facto standard. Since the HTML5 standard will still take some time to establish, there is a need AGAIN for some kind of powerful multimedia-platform that runs _consistently_ on most devices. Maybe a smart company can see this gap, the resulting demand and comes up with a plug-in solution..

Please excuse my sarcasm but IMHO we’re forced to make a step back in technology!

12.21.2011 / Bryan E. said:

Congrats :)

12.21.2011 / Aaron Hardy said:

You’re preaching to the choir NTJ. I’ve been more than adamant in both online and offline discussions about how JavaScript needs to be drastically and quickly improved–especially if it’s the future of the web for large, complex, dynamic apps. I likewise feel it’s taking a step back in many ways. Regardless, I’ll mainly be talking about the libraries and patterns that make it *more* conducive to building enterprise apps.

12.23.2011 / Aaron Hardy said:

Thanks Belkins!

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