javascript in authorware and the future

Jamil Zainasheff weighs in on AWARE regarding how he sees JavaScript and Authoware Script as co-scripting languages within Authorware playing out down the road. Here’s a hint:

If you’re new to Authorware, you’re far better off learning JS.

I’m going to avoid the obvious and not explain (for the umpteenth time) why I agree with that statement. What I will do is let out an enormous sigh of content (with that little stress symbol “‘” on the second syllable). It seems so rare that I feel genuinely excited about the future of this tool:

The result will be a modern, powerful scripting language that opens up the possibilities for authors like never before.

Considering Macromedia’s commitment to the ECMAScript standard it’s hardly surprising. Also to put his comments in context, Jamil was participating in a thread discussing the imminent release of the JavaScript for Authorware 7.02 manual from Dazzletech written by Joe Ganci. Read about the book’s current pre-order status ( including a sweet price for advance purchases) in this comment. From there you can follow the “next in topic” link to get to JZ’s post.

Another little tidbit I gleaned from that thread… Apparently Brendan Eich, who is credited with creating JavaScript, lent a bit of a hand in sorting out the implemention of JavaScript support in Authorware. That’s kind of cool.

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