Episode 74

074 JSJ Grunt with Ben Alman


September 6th, 2013

1 hr 14 mins 12 secs

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Ben Alman (twitter github blog)
AJ O’Neal (twitter github blog)
Jamison Dance (twitter github blog)
Ryan Florence (twitter github blog)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Ramp Up)

01:34 - Ben Alman Introduction


02:54 - “Cowboy”

Cowboy Coder

06:53 - The Birth of Grunt


14:34 - Installing Globally & Plugins


20:43 - Managing the project and releasing new versions
22:32 - What is Grunt? What does it do?


26:39 - Processes & Building Features


35:29 - The Node Community and reluctance towards Grunt
41:35 - Why the separation of task loading and configuration?
46:18 - Contributions and Contributing to Grunt
55:18 - What Ben would have done differently building Grunt

Ease of Upgrade


Web Components (Ryan)
Eliminate Sarcasm (Ryan)
Bee and PuppyCat (Jamison)
AJ O'Neal: Moving to GruntJS (AJ)
The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation (Chuck)
Clean Off Your Desk (Chuck)
Polygon (Ben)
My Brother, My Brother and Me (Ben)
Echofon (Ben)
Bocoup (Ben)

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Maintainable JavaScript with Nicholas Zakas
RYAN:  We’re potty training my son right now. So, I was up like eight times cleaning poo off of everything.

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CHUCK:  Hey everybody and welcome to episode 74 of the JavaScript Jabber Show. This week on our panel, we have AJ O’Neal.

AJ:  I’m eating beef jerky.

CHUCK:  Jamison Dance.

JAMISON:  Hello.

CHUCK:  We have a special guest. I guess you’re a guest in filling in for Merrick and Joe and that’s Ryan Florence.

RYAN:  Hey, how’s it going? I don’t know if I can fill two shoes, but I will try.

CHUCK:  Well, you have two feet, right?

RYAN:  Okay. Well, that’s four shoes.

CHUCK:  [Chuckles] I’m Charles Max Wood from DevChat.TV. We also have another special guest and that is Ben Alman.

BEN:  Yo! What’s up, everyone?

CHUCK:  So, do you want to introduce your self, Ben, since you haven’t been on the show before?

BEN:  I’m Ben Alman. Oh, okay.


AJ:  That’s not conceited.

RYAN:  That’s really all he needs.

BEN:  That’s it. The show’s over, roll credits. So yeah, I’m Ben. You can find me online as @cowboy on Twitter or GitHub and I’m at BenAlman.com. And if you Google me, I have finally got enough SEO juice to beat the other Ben Alman who’s the Orthopedic Surgeon for sick children in Canada. So screw you, guy who helps sick kids.


BEN:  No, it’s cool. It’s cool, right? But for a while, I was like, “Damn this guy.” But I can’t do anything because he helps sick children. So there’s another Benjamin Alman out there doing things for society and me, I just code. So, I work at Bocoup. We’re at Bocoup.com. Our logo is a rooster, Bob the Rooster, and we make a lot of cool web and open web and open source stuff. And so, I do training there. I teach people JavaScript and jQuery. But I also work on open source tools. I spend a lot of my time, actually, behind the scenes in Node writing JavaScript, experimenting, R&D, writing tools, et cetera.

CHUCK:  Awesome. So,