Red Echo

October 26, 2007

Just when I was starting to get interested in JavaScript (also known as “ECMAScript”), out came the draft specification for the next version. Hello, kitchen sink!


  1. No kidding
    Although it is sort of necessary since ECMAScrupt / Javscript is being put to a lot more use with AJAX than it really had been
    That forces the language to do things for which it is ill suited or ill designed to handle and this new standard seems designed to address those issues along with bugs nad vagaries of the old standard

    Some interesting reading on the language and the principles they are trying to address with this new standard

    Comment by norman — October 26, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

  2. Heh heh, well, have you seen the latest editor’s draft specifications for HTML 5? :)

    Comment by Micah Cowan — October 26, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

  3. Actually, this preliminary version of ECMAScript 4 has already been widely implemented by Adobe as the core of the latest version of ActionScript used in Flash and Flex, the latter of which has been released for close to two years. So Flex developers have had a ton of experience with it. I must say it is *quite* nice. We have a large codebase based on ECMAScript 4 (ActionScript 3) so i can say that for doing large applications based on ECMAScript (whether it be javascript or actionscript) there are many worthwhile improvements over the previous version.

    Comment by stephen — October 29, 2007 @ 6:22 pm