During the past two weeks I’ve given three presentations on Tamarin and ECMAScript 4. I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback, criticism, and commentary – all of which has been very helpful.
Here’s a quick re-cap of how the talks went:
There were some very smart questions asked by the audience here – and some pressing concerns. Although, the theme of “being concerned” was a large one throughout the conference (this was right about the time of the white paper release and ensuing blog kerfuffle). That being said, of those that attended my talks, I was able to help alleviate most of their initial doubts (such as towards backwards compatibility, the new type system, or the complexity of the language). It was pretty easy to spot conference attendees who did not attend my talk as those questions were raised again during the ensuing panel discussions. I generally found that those who were at the talk were able to get up to speed pretty quickly; understanding most of the changes and being excited about when they could start to test them.
Adobe Max Japan (Tamarin and ECMAScript 4)
This was a really unique speaking situation for me – talking to a large room of ActionScript developers about the future of their language. I only have a cursory knowledge of ActionScript so I was able to gloss over some of the details of ES4 (since they already have type annotations, classes, and packages). That being said, I got some really fantastic questions. Considering that these developers have already been using a large subset of ECMAScript 4 for close to 1.5 years it was great to hear the sort of concerns that they had.
Members of Shibuya.JS streamed the talk that I gave to them over ustream – you can find recorded copies below:
I hope I can make it back to Tokyo soon (Gen has a longer recap of my trip up) and be able to visit Shibuya.JS as well.
Seeing them in action has given me a serious itch to start up a Boston.JS group.