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Douglas Crockford

Sr. JavaScript Architect, Yahoo!

"Programming Style and Your Brain"

Thursday September 08, 2011 06:00 PM
Location: 1231, EB2
(Visitor parking instructions)

This talk is part of the Fidelity Investment Speaker Series

 

Abstract: Computer programs are the most complicated things that people make. Computer programs must be perfect, and people are not good at that. Given the forces that shaped our evolution, it is a miracle that we can do it at all. But there are positive choices that can reduce your error rate and enhance your beauty. This is demonstrated with JavaScript, one of our least perfect programming languages, but the lessons are universal.

Short Bio: Douglas Crockford was born in the wilds of Minnesota, but left when he was only six months old because it was just too darn cold. He turned his back on a promising career in television when he discovered computers. He has worked in learning systems, small business systems, office automation, games, interactive music, multimedia, location-based entertainment, social systems, and programming languages. He is the inventor of Tilton, the ugliest programming language that was not specifically designed to be an ugly programming language. He is best known for having discovered that there are good parts in JavaScript. This was an important and unexpected discovery. He also discovered the JSON Data Interchange Format, the world's best loved data format. He is now the Senior JavaScript Architect at Yahoo! and is a regular speaker at conferences on advanced JavaScript topics, and serves on the ECMAScript committee.

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