Douglas Crockford


Chief Scientist at Paypal, inventor of JSON, author of JavaScript: The Good Parts

Douglas Crockford was born in the Frostbight Falls, Minnesota, but left when he was only six months old because it was just too damn 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 most loved data format. And he works at Yahoo!

YOW! 2013 Sydney

The World’s Most Misunderstood Programming Language

JavaScript has become important and ubiquitous. There are more people writing JavaScript than any other language. The language is surprisingly powerful, but comes with virtually no guard rails or safety devices. It is possible to write JavaScript in the style of other languages, but that can quickly lead to code that is difficult to maintain. By understanding how this language actually works, and by working with the language’s grain, you can be more productive and happier.

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Fun with Functions in JavaScript: How Far Can You Go?

World leading expert on JavaScript, Douglas Crockford, will stretch your knowledge of JavaScript in this mind-expanding workshop.

Douglas is best known for his ongoing involvement in the JavaScript community, as the developer of many JavaScript utilities such as JSLint, creating the JSON data format and finding all of the awesomeness in JavaScript and sharing it in his book “JavaScript: The Good Parts”

This hands-on workshop is about using functions and thinking with functions to take your JavaScript use to another level. This workshop will challenge you to do better and think differently. Are you game?