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Reginald Braithwaite - Invent the future, don't recreate the past (FutureJS 2014)

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Published on May 6, 2014

This is a talk from Barcelona FutureJS 2014 (http://futurejs.org).

Compared to many modern languages, JavaScript is somewhat minimal. It has first-class functions, but a supply of functional tools. It has objects, but its inheritance model is sparse and its metaobjects are hacked on top of functions. This is frustrating to some and a blessing to others. It does not force a heavyweight paradigm upon you, and if you need more you can build it yourself. And everybody does. But all too-often, we look backwards and re-create past, when we could be looking forward and inventing future.

Instead of copying ideas from 1984, we should invent ideas that others will copy in 2044.

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