#3 Interview with Pierre Spring

This is the third ‘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 Pierre Spring (@shvi), he is the leading creative force and one of the co-founders of Nelmio.  His interests don’t really have a limit. At the moment he  can’t really stop programming in JavaScript and he is especially happy when he can work on mobile web applications.

He will give a session at jsDay called “Backbone.js FTW!”  Wednesday May 16th at 12 am on track 1.

The interview:

Things that you consider before choosing a framework for a project?
Documentation, community size and who uses it in production.

What should i learn next?
Whatever you don’t know about. For me that would be coffeescript,
node.js and responsive design.

What are your throughts about functional programming?
I started out with Scheme/Lisp, so to me they are natural. When I
discovered the beauty of JavaScript, I decided that I’d never touch a
line of PHP again. And I almost succeeded.

Sheldon or Leonard?
Sheldon. Leonard is not even remotely interesting. I am jealous about
him having an affaire with Penny though.

Who’s your programming hero?
Hmm… I don’t really have one. My heroes are the speakers and teachers
that manage to bring knowledge and enthusiasm: Douglas Crockford, Joel
Spolsky, Jeff Atwood, Uncle Bob Martin, and many more. I am especially
thankful to Spolsky, as his words made me quit my job and start my own

What features would you like to see in the next PHP version?
I don’t know really. It’s quite good as it is. Why should we change
it? What I’d like to see is Node.js to mature so that we could stop
using PHP altogether. Not because PHP is bad, but because I love

Who killed JFK?
Say who?

What’s the average beer per hour factor during conferences and a normal hangout?
I’d say 3l/day always.

What do you like and what not about javascript?
After 3 years of intensive JavaScript I still have this honeymoon
feeling where I think that JavaScript has no flaw.
Well, maybe the lack of block scope and global variables. But that’s
just to complain.

Which opensource projects are you following the most?
Backbone.js, Require.js, moment.js…

Did your love for programming cause you some troubles with your partner?
Maybe a divorce? But maybe that was just me ;)

Suggest a book to read.
I guess you expect a tech book. But right now, I am more into
literature. The funniest book I read reecently was Matthew Hughes’ “To
hell and back: The damned busters”.You can read an excerpt here.

You can follow Pierre on twitter,@shvi, and on his blog.


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