JSConf: Metric Tons of Awesome

I had the pleasure and honor of speaking on Google Chrome Frame (slides) at JSConf this past weekend. The conference was small enough that meeting some large percent of the awesome people there was feasible yet large enough that it drew many of the folks doing some of the most interesting work in the JavaScript community today. Frameworks were well represented, as was server-side JS. If you can only go to one conference a year, I can recommend JSConf without reservation. As a speaker, Chris and the organizers treated us better than anyone could hope for, and as an attendee the quality of the content and the hallway conversations left me constantly with the feeling that I was lucky to be where I was but sad that I was probably also missing something else that was awesome.

For some reason Chris — fearless pirate leader that he is — thought it hilarious to have me follow not only Billy Hoffman’s outstanding security talk, but also Brendan Eich’s never-fail wit and delivery. Funny in that “watching people walk the plank…good times” sort of way. I was also between a bunch of people who (apparently) know how to drink and a truly awesome Google-sponsored party. No pressure. None at all.

Somewhat counter-intuitively my talk focused not on what JavaScript can do, but why we’ll be using less of it in the near future; at least for the things we’re currently burning bandwidth and CPU. HTML5, CSS 3, and developers who are liberated to take advantage of them are going to kill off a lot of code. Take, for example, the slides for my talk. The only JS library that’s included is for prompting users to install Google Chrome Frame. GCF will accelerate the transition to new standards and new ways of building apps. We’ll build faster apps not by employing ever-more exotic ways of mangling JavaScript or by giving up the simplicity and directness of HTML and CSS, but rather by simplifying what we write and what we send over the wire.

I’ll be talking more about this at Google I/O next month, so if you missed JSConf, hopefully I’ll see you there.

One Comment

  1. Justin Meyer
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Great talk alex! I’ll let you know how it goes with our client.

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