Lecture: The future of server side JavaScript


The future is looking bright for server side JavaScript. This fast paced talk will summarize the current state of affairs & highlight areas of contention. It will also make some bold predictions as to what we can expect JavaScript to achieve on the server in the near future on its path to world domination.

The talk will start with the basics of why you would want to run JavaScript on the server. It will cover CommonJS modules, packages and more. The synchronous vs. asynchronous divide will be investigated. The pros and cons of each approach will be exposed based on anecdotal evidence and first hand experience. The existing engines like V8 and Rhino will be evaluated and their future discussed. A model for running multiple engines concurrently and methods for integrating synchronous and asynchronous components will be proposed. Finally, a number of fascinating trends that leverage JavaScript, such as cloud based development and crowd sourced functionality, will be brought to light.


Day: 2011-08-20
Start time: 14:00
Duration: 01:00
Track: JavaScript


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