US software expert in town for free workshop

Thom Parker, touted as one of the top three world experts on JavaScript, would offer a free workshop at Felis Seminar Resort on Friday November 16 at 3:00 pm.

His talk would cover many areas of JavaScript programming and he would show examples of results one can achieve using JavaScript, according to a press release. The Davao Acrobat and Adobe User Group and Felis Seminar Resort have sponsored the workshop “as part of a series to help boost the so-called Silicon Gulf Coast of Davao”.

Davao City Councilor Peter Laviña said the workshop should enhance capability of local ICT personnel and increase their competitiveness. ICT Davao, a group of the city's ICT stakeholders had been trying to push Davao City as Mindanao's ICT hub.

Oliver Robillo, of the ICT Cluster of the Regional Development Council, said the workshop would benefit the local IT industry “as JavaScript is widely used in website development”.

"Developers and students here will definitely profit from added know-how from an expert such as Thom Parker," he said in a text message to MindaNews.

Robillo cited the need for more of similar trainings in Davao to complement what's being taught in schools.

JavaScript is a scripting language most often used for client-side web development, according to .

Online sources cited JavaScript as a program influenced by many languages and was designed to have a similar look to Java. Easier for non-programmers to work with, JavaScript is best known for its use in websites (as client-side JavaScript), and to enable scripting access to objects embedded in other applications.

Parker, is founder and CEO of WindJack Solutions, Inc., a software development company based in Portland Oregon, USA, which especializes on Acrobat, JavaScript and PDF development.

Organizers announced interested persons can register for the event by emailing to [email protected] or call (082) 298-2601.