Dion Almaer just posted the fourth episode of the Open Web Podcast in which we sat down with Allen Wirfs-Brock and Pratap lakshman and discussed ECMAScript and Internet Explorer 8.
The full release notes, from Dion, are below:
Allen Wirfs-Brock is the standards guy from Microsoft who sits and works on ECMA. Pratap Lakshman is from the JScript team, and works on the ECMAScript 3.1 committee.
They were gracious enough to joined us on the call to discuss the recent new around ECMAScript Harmony, how Microsoft feels about it, work that is being done in IE 8, performance, and tangents into ideas behind the Open Web.
You can download the podcast directly (OGG format too), or subscribe to the series, including via iTunes).
When a beta of IE 8 comes out, we all download it quickly to find out what was added, what wasn’t, and also making sure that our tricks weren’t taken away!
Bruce (September 9, 2008 at 8:38 pm)
For some reason, Doppler just can’t deal with your podcast feed. Bummer.
Bruce (September 9, 2008 at 8:47 pm)
I looked in the Doppler log file, it reported a series of errors that look like the following, with different filenames:
[9/9/2008 6:28:34 PM] [Retriever] [E] The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found., while retrieving the size of http://open-web-podcast.googlecode.com/files/openwebpodcast-20080908.mp3
TNO (September 9, 2008 at 9:01 pm)
Coincidentally, I listened to Guy Steele’s Growing a language this morning and it sounded like Pratap Lakshman was reading Steele’s speech. Not a bad thing mind you, just an interesting when you listen to them less than a few hours apart
frio80 (September 10, 2008 at 11:47 am)
Interesting talk. Didn’t sound like the MS guys were very into pushing web standards. Basically, just support what’s necessary, fix bugs and push the Silverlight platform. I got the impression that they thought the Silverlight/Flash/JavaFX for RIAs were going to be the new thing.
Stuff was said about the ‘DOM not being created for this’, ‘ubiquity is key’ and some other comments came off as MS planning to push their superior Silverlight bigtime because they can (which is already happening see pre-loading Silverlight on HP Machines). Whether that’s good or bad is a different debate but that’s what I took from the talk.
Octane (September 12, 2008 at 9:06 am)
JScript updated to 5.8 in IE8b2 from 5.7 in IE7 (IE8b1), but «Node» and «HTMLElement» not supported :(