Where are JavaScript and the web going?

The Fluent conference co-chairs look ahead.

JavaScript and HTML5 just keep moving. One day it’s form validation, the next animation. Then it becomes full-on model view controller stacks getting data from sensors on devices and communicating with back-end servers that are themselves largely JavaScript.

Peter Cooper and I have tried to capture some of this power in the upcoming Fluent conference, so that attendees can find their ways to the tools that work for them. We also have an online preview coming this Thursday, April 4th.

Peter and I paused for a moment to talk about what we’re doing and where we see JavaScript and the Web heading. Though we work together on the conference, our perspectives aren’t quite the same, something I think works out for the better.

Highlights include:

  • Different tiers of technology adoption (discussed at the 2:41 mark)
  • “3-D demos don’t really interest the main market, whereas doing medical visualization, stuff like that, is more mass market” (5:42)
  • “The experimental end with robots … Nodecopter” (9:30)
  • JavaScript crossing over to the server with Node, or a polyglot world? (11:27)
  • Can frameworks or other languages that compile to JavaScript address modularization and code management questions? (14:50; and more on enterprise development at 17:43)
  • Learning from Ruby and Rails’ RJS experience (22:40)
  • Learning JavaScript “to get the job done” (26:08)

You’ll find our full discussion in the following video:

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