The Future of Javascript

I went to Rick Waldron‘s talk at Bocoup on The Future of JavaScript (ES6), and made a video recording. Here it is:

Takeaways from the talk for me:

  • JavaScript will be getting many new features that make it more attractive to write in — e.g. block scoping, weakmaps, sets, rest and spread parameters, default parameters, fat arrow syntax, and many other uses of syntactic sugar that I recognize from CoffeeScript — but it’ll take a few years before we can use them in client-side code reliably.
  • But if you’re writing for Node, you can start using them now with node --harmony.
  • Traceur can compile ES6 to ES3.
  • Continuum is a full ES6 VM written in ES3.

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