JavaScript: A Love Letter 3

When we first met, I was young. I was awkward and foolish and uncomfortable with myself. I didn’t know where I was going, who I would become, or how I would affect the world. In short, we were perfect for each other.

I remember that quirky little language that fascinated me with image rollovers, dates, and alert boxes. In those days, you were so tightly coupled to HTML; It was hard to tear you away from an onclick attribute, or from an embedded script tag. It was even harder to see what you would become. I couldn’t yet see the elegance, the beauty, and the strength that hid behind your simple facade. I certainly couldn’t tell that you would become one of the most popular languages in existence.

But I wanted to get to know you anyway. I discovered your object systems, explored your libraries, and learned your eccentricities. Your strength, in spite of – or maybe because of – your simplicity, became more obvious to me, and it became clear that you would be a major influence in my own growth. Sure, there were detractors. The browser wars were unkind, though you came out stronger. The DOM API continues to haunt you. There are those who would change you, and those who have tried. Imitators claim to be a better, stronger version of you, but I know better. They’re all the same underneath. They’re all just building on what you’ve done. Trying to steal your thunder. Every one of them.

And yet you press on. Indifferent to their attacks. Comfortable in your simplicity, and comfortable doing things your way. You’ve come into your own, and in this way, you are an inspiration to us all. You’ve remained true to yourself and succeeded. Those who know you embrace the quirks and inconsistencies, and they accept that it’s just the way you work.

When we met, I was as awkward and unknowing as you. I had my quirks, and I still do. But embracing those eccentricities has found me a place in the world. A place where I can thrive and be an inspiration.

Just like you, JavaScript.

Just like you.

About Me

My name is Ryan, and I’ve been coding JavaScript for a long time  now. The first tutorials I completed were Thau’s JavaScript Tutorial and Thau’s Advanced JavaScript Tutorial. This was done while I was in middle school, and while I don’t remember exactly which year I started, I realize now that it was close to the inception of JavaScript itself. At least within a couple years.

I may not be the best with the language, but I understand it well enough to be expressive. I understand it well enough that I write the majority of the JavaScript at my workplace, and coworkers come to me with issues. I understand it well enough that I’ve previously been called into a project specifically for my familiarity with the language.

I’ve grown with the language, and it’s helped me into the career I have today. I’ve become an entrepreneur in the Text Message Marketing industry, via SlickText.com, and I am one of a small team of developers for McKissock Education.

I might have made it this far without a love of our quirky little language, but I’m glad it was JavaScript that grabbed me.

February 11th, 2013 by

3 thoughts on “JavaScript: A Love Letter

  1. Reply Mike Apr 10, 2013 9:01 am

    I should write a hate letter to balance the karma:) JavaScript sometimes eats a lot of my productive time.

  2. Reply Matthew Mar 21, 2014 10:15 am

    Ain’t no such thing as karma and won’t be no such thing ’till somebody codes it in JavaScript.

  3. Reply Ryan Kinal Mar 21, 2014 10:19 am

    For instance, Karma

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