JavaScript is an incredibly powerful language, and thanks to its renaissance, it now has uses that extend beyond the browser.

However, being a language that’s extremely accessible, with a shallow learning curve and large userbase, it’s the subject of – at times – vitriolic abuse from other language communities.

Yes, JavaScript was created in a very short timeframe, and there are inherent issues with some very early design decisions that can cause some grief to developers.

However, as the engine that powers the web, it’s able to prove it’s versatility and usefulness. So why the hate?

In this talk, we will discuss the history of JavaScript, it’s future, and how some it’s ‘wat’s can be avoided in everyday use in other to leverage the power of this universal language. We will also take a short tour through over a dozen other languages and some of their quirks, to prove how no language is without fault.

About the speakers

About the speakers

Miss JavaScript

Katie has worn many different hats over the years. She has previously been a software developer for many languages, systems administrator for multiple operating systems, and speaker on many different topics.

When she's not changing the world, she enjoys cooking, making tapestries, and yelling at JavaScript and its attempt at global variables.

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