JSConf and NodeConf were intense but good!

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JSConf and NodeConf were both held in Portland Oregon last week, and they were both great conferences.  Well run, great food, lively parties, and friendly organizers and attendees.  I had a good time, though it was very tiring.

Hearing from Mr. Ike about the future of JavaScript was interesting.  I personally don’t like some of the CoffeeScript inspired changes (I like my curly braces!), but that’s what 25 years of C/C++/ObjectiveC will do to you I suppose :).

Node.js seems to be a very interesting platform with a lot of attention an interest.  I want to dig deeper into it and figure out how they do what they do (kqueue and epoll apparently).   Supposedly they are using threads internally for the fileIO, but I don’t understand why since kqueue seems to support file descriptors.  Lots for me to learn as I’ve not done a great deal of unix programming, and certainly nothing at this low level.

JavaScript still seems messy and there seems to be a battle going on between the Procedural,  OOP and functional programming communities to shape the language which is unfortunate.  Seems like it is ending up being a mish-mash of all of these and thus rather messy and chaotic.  Perhaps I just need to actually learn it before I see the “beauty” of JavaScript!  🙂

Anyway, thanks to the organizers – it was a well coordinated event. And thanks to the other attendees who were almost all friendly and patient with this novice JavaScript & Node.js neophyte.

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