JavaScript for Devices


A recently released device has brought JavaScript to a perhaps unexpected place…embedded devices. The Espruino board, created as part of a Kickstarter campaign, combines embedded hardware with a JavaScript interpreter to provide real-time, interactive programming of hardware devices. If you’re a JavaScript fan, and want to learn how to do something pretty unusual with this great language, this is the session for you. We’ll look at powering LED strips, reading data from sensors, driving motors and servos, and more.

Andrew Duthie

G. Andrew Duthie, aka devhammer, is the founder and chief consultant for Devhammer Enterprises. Andrew is a business consultant focused on helping clients meet their business goals through great software. Andrew is also a trainer and writer with more than 15 years of industry experience, including nearly 10 years as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft’s Mid-Atlantic States district, where he provided support and education for developers working with the Microsoft development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft, Andrew is the author of several books on ASP.NET and web development, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences from VSLive! and ASP.NET Connections, to Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC) and Tech-Ed. Andrew has been participating in the user group community since way back in 1997, when one of his co-workers dragged him out to the Internet Developers User Group in Tyson’s Corner, VA, and he’s been hooked ever since.

Andrew is also the creator and developer of Community Megaphone, a site designed for promoting and finding developer community events. In addition to his work in software development, Andrew has enjoyed some recent forays into the world of hardware experimentation, including developing for Kinect and .NET Gadgeteer, using his newly-formed hardware chops to do everything from blinking LEDs and making strange noises, to flying a helicopter with his bare hands.
Andrew can be reached through his blog at http://devhammer.net/.