Futures (was: Request for JSON-LD API review)

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 11:32:19 PDT 2013

On Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM, Kevin Smith <zenparsing at gmail.com> wrote:
> HI Anne and Mark,
> You both make good points:  Mark is correct when he suggests that a
> DOMFuture spec will effectively undercut TC39's role in designing a
> future/promise API.  It will also set a precedent (one that is perhaps
> already in motion) where TC39 is relegated to syntax-only enhancements and
> playing catch-up with platforms continually performing an end-run.
> And Anne is certainly correct to point out that TC39 has not, as of yet,
> been able to provide the base-platform APIs that developer-facing platforms
> so badly need.
> On the other hand, TC39 has done an *amazing* job with the ES6 language.
> The usability improvements are striking and the module system will be
> exceptional.
> It appears to me that what we are missing is a group sitting somewhere
> between TC39 and W3C, perhaps incorporating members of both.  This group
> would be responsible for designing the EcmaScript base platform API upon
> which developer-facing implementations can rely.  It would iterate more
> quickly than TC39, but unlike W3C its scope would include all
> EcmaScript-hosting platforms.  It would also share TC39's charge of
> maintaining the conceptual integrity of the language.
> I nominate myself ; )
> Ultimately, our goals are the same: a well-designed, conceptually consistent
> language and development platform.  We just need the right structure to make
> that happen.
> Regarding futures specifically, for now I think any standardization
> discussions should be moved to es-discuss (or at least dual-homed there), as
> it is currently the only accepted public forum for platform-agnostic ES
> standards work.

This group is public-script-coord, which we're already having the
discussion on, so... success!


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