You Really Don't Need All That Javascript, I Promise

Updated on May 8, 2020
GOTO Chicago 2020
Stuart Langridge
Stuart Langridge

Member of the Web Standards Project's DOM Scripting Task Force, podcaster, developer and author

JavaScript is your behavior layer; the way to add interactivity to your sites, to provide a slick and delightful user experience, to make everything fast and easy and clean. But at some point everything changed: the tail started to wag the dog instead and development became Javascript-first. We'll talk about how you maybe shouldn't rely on JS as much as you're told to, and some practical strategies for how to build sites without reaching for a JS framework as first, last, and only tool for making the web happen.

What will the audience learn from this talk?
How to build sites without necessarily reaching for a framework; how that's what the frameworks encourage; how everyone is already thinking the same as you, and a bit about

Does it feature code examples and/or live coding?
No live coding. There are some code examples but only in passing

Prerequisite attendee experience level:
Some parts will be most useful if you have some front-end web development experience; some is for everyone