CoffeeScript for recovering JavaScript Programmers

Track: HTML5 + JavaScript
Skill Level: Intermediate
Room: Ballroom CDF
Time Slot: Tue 2/19, 2:30 PM

Saying JavaScript is powerful is an understatement. The problem is it is way too powerful and dangerously flexible. Programmers often have trouble reaping its benefits due to its uncontrolled flexibility and, to a certain extent, lack of structure. One approach is to learn to tame the beast, like the authors of complex JavaScript libraries have done. Fortunately there is an alternative. CoffeeScript is JavaScript created in a humane way. In this session we will learn how, using CoffeeScript, we can reap all the benefits of JavaScript, but without losing our sanity in the process.

Venkat Subramaniam

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an instructional professor at the University of Houston.

He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects.

Venkat is a (co)author of multiple books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. His latest book is Functional Programming in Java: Harnessing the Power of Java 8 Lambda Expressions. You can reach him by email at venkats at agiledeveloper dot com or on twitter at @venkat_s.