Excellent JavaScript talk from Yahoo

Over at Yahoo Video you can watch an excellent talk by Doug Crockford on JavaScript (part 1). (part 2, part 3, part 4) This is likely the best introduction to JavaScript I have seen, and worthwhile even if you’ve been using JS for years.

Why does JavaScript matter?

1) It is ubiquitous now (in nearly every browser, in Flash as ActionScript, etc.)

2) It is likely to be the default choice for building scriptable Java applications, due to the Rhino JS interpreter “in the box” in Java 1.6

Update: These videos are more conveniently all on one page here.