#2 Interview with Mark Boas

This is the second ‘social’ interview in a series with the jsDay 2012 speakers: it’s ‘social’ because the questions have been submitted and voted online on Facebook.

 We are happy to introduce you Mark Boas (@maboa), who makes, teaches, writes about and promotes new and open web technologies. Co-founder of Happyworm, a tiny  altrepreneurial web agency and makers of the jPlayer media framework, Mark enjoys pushing the limits of the browser with HTML5 and JavaScript.

He will give a session at jsDay called “Hyperaudio – The future of Audio” Wednesday May 16th at 11 am on track 1.

The interview:

Things that you consider before choosing a framework for a project?
1. Community
2. Dependencies
3. Documentation
4. Complexity
5. Extendability

What should i learn next?
Whatever you need to make the thing you want to make.

What are your throughts about functional programming?
It’s lovely.

Sheldon or Leonard?
Leonard (Nimoy)

Who’s your programming hero?
Just now Jussi Kalliokoski

Who killed JFK?
The Pope

What’s the average beer per hour factor during conferences and a normal hangout?
42. What is normal?

What do you think about Coffeescript?
Don’t drink the kool-aid.

Duran Duran or Spandau Ballet?
Both pretty shit but Spandau Ballet’s first singles were quite good.

What do you like and what not about javascript?
Like that it’s universal, but DOM manipulation is a pain.

Which opensource projects are you following the most?
Boot2Gecko, Popcorn.js and of course jPlayer.

Did your love for programming cause you some troubles with your partner?
No, it attracted her :)

Suggest a book to read.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

You can follow Mark on twitter, @maboa and on his blog.


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