Roy and Jeremy: Adventures in JavaScript Land

0 BY Roy Sutton

The last few weeks have been busy for everyone around here. In addition to getting all the Open webOS goodies ready and getting Enyo 2.0 out the door many of us have been hitting the road and spreading the good news.  While Dave Freeman and the other DevRel folks were busy out on the West Coast, Jeremy Thomas and I were busy out here in the East.


Our first stop was New York for the 2nd GothamJS conference. GothamJS was a one-day, general interest JavaScript conference. Jeremy and I were joined by the inestimable Ben Combee. Presentations ranged from Canvas as a Flash replacement to understanding the power of regular expressions. The first speaker was JavaScript doyen Douglas Crockford, who spoke on the importance of maintaining good code style. We were mainly here to network and catch up with the latest goings-on in JavaScript. All-in-all a good conference with a range of useful talks.

Throne of JS

Toronto, Ontario, Canada was location for the recent Throne of JS conference. This conference pitted several JavaScript frameworks against each other in a knock-down, drag-out fight. Well… it was actually much more friendly than that. The conference was entirely focused on frameworks, and, except for the glaring lack of Enyo among the presented frameworks, it was very interesting.

The focus of most of the frameworks we got to see was data binding. Each framework had its own approach to data binding. Enyo itself doesn’t prescribe any particular approach to data binding and, consequently, works relatively well when combined with these other frameworks. We’ll soon have some interesting demos that show off how to tie Enyo to these newer frameworks.

And in conclusion…

One of the best parts of going to these conferences is getting to meet the people who are moving the state of JavaScript forward. If you don’t go out and find out what problems others are facing and you don’t see how others are tackling similar problems you run the risk of stale thinking. It’s important to us that we keep Enyo evolving. One of the other great parts is getting to talk about Enyo and showing people how Enyo can help them create great apps. To that end, we’ll be on the road for the rest of the year getting the word out. Perhaps we’ll see you at the next conference?

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