At 2010, Chris Williams closed the conference with an inspiring speech to rally javascript programmers to help newcomers to the language find decent documentation and to be proud of the work we do. His goal is to build a community that is open to new members and supportive of existing members. We should accept that our language is a true programming language, not just a “toy language” to create some silly effects on a web page.

He also pointed out that there are many people out there that are just in it for the money. They’ll sell whatever they can, not worrying about quality, about what they leave behind for the next developer to come along. He called them privateers, hirelings without an honor code, who aren’t in it for love of the language, or the challenge it brings.

Of course, some of his speech might be no more than good rethoric, but at least part of it rings true. The bit about promoting the language documentation in particular is a strong point, in my opinion. It’s silly that old, out-dated documentation like w3schools still comes in higher than the quite good, actively maintained documentation at Mozilla’s Developer site. It’s even worse that a download link for Java scores higher than actual javascript documentation.

If you’re serious about javascript development, I urge you to watch the speech. Even if you don’t care about what he says, the presentation in itself is worth watching :-).

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