Why Isomorphic JavaScript?

The Case for Sharing JavaScript on the Client and Server

Why Isomorphic JavaScript?

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The Golden Age of JavaScript began when web developers traded in their fat-server, thin-client approach for desktop-like web apps running in the browser. Unfortunately, that approach led to a succession of problems, so now the pendulum is swinging back in the other direction. Companies such as Walmart, Airbnb, Facebook, and Netflix have already adopted a new solution, using JavaScript code on both the client and server.

With this excerpt from O’Reilly’s upcoming book Building Isomorphic JavaScript Apps, you’ll learn how this method fixes nagging issues such as page-load speeds and SEO compatibility. Authors Jason Strimpel and Maxime Najim from WalmartLabs explain that isomorphic JavaScript is the latest in a series of engineering fixes that brings a harmonious equilibrium between the fat-server, fat-client pendulum.

Is isomorphic JavaScript the holy grail of web application development? Decide for yourself. Pick up this free excerpt and discover why this new code-sharing solution is such an important evolutionary step.

Jason Strimpel is a software engineer with over 15 years’ experience developing web applications. Currently employed at WalmartLabs, he writes software to support UI application development.

Maxime Najim is a software architect at WalmartLabs. Prior to joining Walmart, he worked on software engineering teams at Netflix, Apple, and Yahoo!

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Maxime Najim

Maxime Najim

Maxime Najim is a software architect and a full stack web developer. He has worked for companies like Yahoo!, Apple, and Netflix, creating large, multi-tier, highly scalable and reliable web applications. He is currently a software architect focused on designing and implementing new systems and frameworks for the Walmart eCommerce platform team. Maxime is co-author of the upcoming O'Reilly Media book entitled "Building Isomorphic JavaScript Apps".

Jason Strimpel

Jason Strimpel is a Staff Software Engineer on the platform team at WalmartLabs who specializes in the UI layer. Jason has been building web applications for the past 12 years. Approximately 5 years ago Jason began specializing in the front-end, in particular JavaScript. He is an extremely passionate developer with a very bad sense of humor who loves simplifying the complexities that arise when building rich UIs.