Beautiful JavaScript: Leading Programmers Explain How They by Anton Kovalyov

By Anton Kovalyov

JavaScript is arguably the main polarizing and misunderstood programming language on the planet. Many have tried to switch it because the language of the net, yet JavaScript has survived, advanced, and thrived. Why did a language created in such hurry be triumphant the place others failed?

This advisor grants a unprecedented glimpse into JavaScript from humans in detail acquainted with it. Chapters contributed by means of area specialists reminiscent of Jacob Thornton, Ariya Hidayat, and Sara Chipps convey what they love approximately their favourite language—whether it’s turning the main feared positive aspects into invaluable instruments, or how JavaScript can be utilized for self-expression.

Contributors include:

• Angus Croll
• Jonathan Barronville
• Sara Chipps
• Marijn Haverbeke
• Ariya Hidayat
• Daryl Koopersmith
• Anton Kovalyov
• Rebecca Murphey
• Daniel Pupius
• Graeme Roberts
• Jenn Schiffer
• Jacob Thornton
• Ben Vinegar
• Rick Waldron
• Nicholas Zakas

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In fact, the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—the draft treaty in which industrialized countries agreed to cap their greenhouse gas emissions—already included provisions promising to allow trade in a strange new commodity that would be come to be known as a carbon credit, though the rules for how to do so hadn’t yet been worked out. Even so, the mere idea was eliciting a frenzy of interest among the environmental-product brokers who’d cut their teeth on the SO2 trade.

He spoke softly, weighing his words, yet still managed to let anyone listening know of his faith that the world was in the midst of a sea change in its view of the value of Nature, and that he personally was helping to lead the way. Indeed, by the time of the first Katoomba Group meeting, Brand, who was then forty-three years old, with slicked-back hair turning white at the temples and wary pale blue eyes, had already achieved more than anyone else at the conference in making the common dream a reality.

In fact, the world’s mounting concern over global warming was already inspiring unprecedented changes in the way many governments, corporations, and philanthropies looked at the economic value of the work of ecosystems. This was Brand’s dream and the focus of his career. Concern about greenhouse gases wasn’t really new. The Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius, in 1896, was the first to propose that industrial CO2 emissions might produce what was later dubbed global warming. From elementary physics, he knew that CO2 and an array of other natural gases functioned as a heat-trapping blanket over the planet: without them, Earth’s average surface temperature would be about 60°F cooler than it is, or around 0°F.

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