Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Secrets of JavaScript Libraries

Category: JavaScript, Presentation

Andrew Dupont, Thomas Fuchs, John Resig, Alex Russell, Sam Stephenson. These were the folks that gathered at SXSW to talk about the “Secrets of JavaScript Libraries” in a panel that was full to the brim (as was the browser wars one the day before).

The slides are now up, and the podcast is forthcoming:

The group covered:

  • JavaScript the language
  • Cross browser coding
  • Events
  • DOM Traversal
  • HTML Style
  • Animations
  • Distribution
  • HTML Insertion

I hope that SXSW ramps up a little on the technical talks next year.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:34 am

3.7 rating from 33 votes


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I wish there was footnotes of the actual talk. The slides are obviously just visual aids for the talk.

Comment by tj111 — March 13, 2008


They’ll be releasing the audio of the talk as a podcast in a couple of weeks.


Comment by slightlyoff — March 13, 2008

Quality over quantity. Not the other way around.

Wouldn’t hurt to talk about something *new* instead of something blogged or presented on before.

Am I the only one not impressed?

Comment by ibolmo — March 13, 2008


SxSW isn’t the most…um…technical audience. John and the rest of us had a hard time trying to figure out what to cover, and eventually we decided to cover what was essentially common-ground amongst the toolkits, in part because the big “secrets” of JS development aren’t about any of the APis but rather the tradeoffs we all make when designing toolkits and frameworks. To that end, there was good discussion of those points which wasn’t captured in the slides.


Comment by slightlyoff — March 14, 2008

Understandable. This quarter has been a wonderful/horrible experience with a professor of mine and his lectures on presentations so I seem to have vented some frustration on you guys. :D

I still think the professor makes a good point: if it’s not on the slides then it’s not a good point. In other words, perhaps less code and instead more good points should be on the slides. The subtle differences, like you mentioned, are sometimes the most important and the “real” secrets between frameworks. I know why, however, you guys don’t want to talk about the differences.

In all I might not have been impressed, but I never said it wasn’t good. For the target audience it would have sufficed.

Comment by ibolmo — March 14, 2008

I was there, it was a good presentation. I think the only downside was that we had all these talented people all in once place, but the presentation was only an hour. Same thing with the SXSW “browser wars” talk.

I agree that SXSW needs more technical presentations. I found many of them to be overly general, and then most the tech talks I wanted to go to were crammed into the last two days.

Comment by RobRobRob — March 14, 2008

There’s a comparison of different javascript library syntaxes here:

Comment by nrlz — March 14, 2008


In the ready-room for the toolkits talk we all realized that *none* of the toolkit guys had gotten into the Browser Wars talk. Heh.

Comment by slightlyoff — March 15, 2008

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