Training: "Professional Javascript and Coffeescript"

Time: Friday 09:00 - 12:00

Location: Robinson/Whitman

Love it or hate it, with richer client frameworks like backbone, spine and knockout and with server side frameworks like node.js, if you are a professional web developer, you are probably going to find yourself writing some Javascript in the future.

It's also an interesting language. It has been described as a love child between Scheme and Java, it has prototypical rather than classical inheritance (thank you Self), and it has some really nice functional programming capabilities (along with some really horrible design decisions).

In three hours we're going to do a whirlwind, hands on tour of the language, teaching you the skills required to become a competent Javascript developer. We'll also briefly touch on Javascript testing using Jasmine and give a sneak peak into Coffeescript - a thin layer over javascript which reduces the syntactic noise, fixes some of the worst design decisions and even adds classes.

Peter Bell, Senior VP Engineering, General Assembly

 Peter  Bell
Peter is Senior VP Engineering and Senior Fellow at General Assembly, a campus for technology, design, and entrepreneurship.

He has presented at a range of conferences including DLD conference, ooPSLA, RubyNation, SpringOne2GX, Code Generation, Practical Product Lines, the British Computer Society Software Practices Advancement conference, DevNexus, cf.Objective(), CF United, Scotch on the Rocks, WebDU, WebManiacs, UberConf, the Rich Web Experience and the No Fluff Just Stuff Enterprise Java tour.

He has been published in IEEE Software, Dr. Dobbs, IBM developerWorks, Information Week, Methods & Tools, Mashed Code, NFJS the Magazine and GroovyMag. He's currently writing a book on managing software development for Pearson. He is an organizer of the CTO School - an organization in NYC devoted to creating the next generation of technical leaders. He also organizes the node.js meetup in New York and co-organizes the Domain Driven Design and Grails meetups.