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Douglas Crockford

Page history last edited by Tommy Provido 10 years, 11 months ago

Douglas Crockford has been mentioned. Apparently he has been a programmer since the early ’70s. He took a FORTRAN course in college because he wasn’t able to get airtime for his major in television broadcasting. He is known for his lucrative works in the IT industry, combining computers work with media in various ways while working at Atari, Lucasfilm, Electric Communities, and now Yahoo. He’s most prized possession, the JSON, is a lightweight computer data interchange format. It is also a text-based, human-readable format for representing simple data structures and associative arrays or what referred to as objects. Comparing JSON to XML is like comparing a Samsung phone to the more user friendly Nokia phone. XML being a general purpose mark-up language as it is are syntactically more complex and bigger in file size compared to JSON. This is probably the reason why according to sources, JSON is now the data interchange format that is widely used in Ajax applications. Douglas in his book entitled “JavaScript” argues that JavaScript is an excellent language if one avoids certain bad features. He always stressed out the importance of sub setting as a way of minimizing complexity in code and also described a code-reading process that he and his team uses at the start or at the end of every working day so as to simply tidy up their codes. Douglas had become a well known critic of the proposed ECMAScript 4 (ES4) which is a revision to the JavaScript language standard. He disliked the proposal because first of all, he thinks that the ES4 was too complex to even begin with. Secondly, he appreciated the importance of code reading as a team activity, and how to move the Web forward despite the legacy of existing systems. Moving on with a more complex revision to the JavaScript language could spell adversities in learning it. Douglas likely prefers the ES3.1, a more modest proposal, and since then he and the other ES3.1 advocates have largely prevailed. The ES3.1 has been renamed ES5 and is now being used. The ES4 effort on the other hand, has been officially abandoned.



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