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The World’s Most Misunderstood Programming Language

YOW! 2013 Brisbane

JavaScript has become important and ubiquitous. There are more people writing JavaScript than any other language. The language is surprisingly powerful, but comes with virtually no guard rails or safety devices. It is possible to write JavaScript in the style of other languages, but that can quickly lead to code that is difficult to maintain. By understanding how this language actually works, and by working with the language’s grain, you can be more productive and happier.

Douglas Crockford

Chief Scientist



Douglas Crockford was born in the Frostbight Falls, Minnesota, but left when he was only six months old because it was just too damn cold. He turned his back on a promising career in television when he discovered computers. He has worked in learning systems, small business systems, office automation, games, interactive music, multimedia, location-based entertainment, social systems, and programming languages. He is the inventor of Tilton, the ugliest programming language that was not specifically designed to be an ugly programming language. He is best known for having discovered that there are good parts in JavaScript. This was an important and unexpected discovery. He also discovered the JSON Data Interchange Format, the world’s most loved data format. And he works at Yahoo!