MJS 020 My JS Story Alex Russel

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My JS Story Alex Russel

On this week's episode of My JS Story, Charles Max Wood interviews Alex Russel. Alex is a software engineer on the Chrome team. He focuses on designing new features and running their standards work. He appeared as a guest on episode 87, where he talked about TC39. Tune in to his story!

Early Beginnings

Alex had access to a computer as a child. His father was a mechanical engineer who always had a computer. But, it was only when he reached high school that he got interested with it. He had access to Unix computers which had on a C Shell compiler. He also even had access to Pascal. In the process, he learned HTML from a particular website as well as JavaScript. That gave him a step ahead of his peers.

Not Too Bad

Alex did not do well at school. He dropped out of college, and did a couple of security stuffs at the side. His experiences exposed him to JavaScript. Back then, CSS was still new. He saw the start of a couple of things in programming. Looking back, he remembers the page would reload from scratch every time they resize the browser window.

Past and Present Days

The community found each other in the web, and started comparing their works. It was a community of those who made the first generation of libraries. Now, Alex commends the quality of dev tools and the consistency between implementations. In the past, they had to spend a lot of time just to navigate through things. There were no console tools to begin with. To hear the rest of My JS Story Alex Russel, download and listen to the entire episode. Don't forget to leave a rating and review if you enjoyed the show. We would love to hear from you!

Establish Connections

Connect with Alex Russel on Twitter @slightlylate, or read his blogs at Infrequently.org. Don’t forget to let Alex know you heard about him on Devchat.tv’s JavaScript Jabber My JS Story podcast!


Alex: ADVANCED Web Page Test, EASY Web Page TestCharles: Thanks to collaborations in the dev community


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