Today it’s JavaScript Jabber episode 87, TC39 wiht Alex Russell.

Everybody knows what TC39 is, right?
No, I had no clue and almost skipped this show because when I read “standards” and “javascript”. But I changed my mind and listened to it and I’m glad I did.

This show is about TC39 which is the standardization of ECMAScript programming language. That’s JavaScript and what they do is put together the standard that all browser manufacturers are to include.
It’s an interesting talk and Alex also goes into the history and the reasons why we can’t do certain things in JavaScript today. ECMAScript has to be backwards compatible and that causes problems.

There is a great discussion on how long we should have backwards compatibility and why it is how it is.