In 2010 the standards committee was finally ready to successfully undertake the task of compatibly modernizing the language to support new styles of web development. Over the course of five years the committee developed a major enhancement to the language and its standard specification. The result, known as ECMAScript 2015, is the foundation for ongoing evolution of the language. After completion of the 2015 release, the committee again modified its processes to enable faster incremental releases and now regularly completes revisions on a yearly schedule. The paper explores the goals, requirements, and roadmap for the ECMAScript 2015 effort as well as the major new features and technical design challenges the committee faced.
Over the last ten years, the ECMAScript standards committee has grown from a small group of language experts to a large group with more than fifty people attending each of its meetings. The attendees have a broad range of interests and technical skills and the majority have no previous experience with language design or standardization. Yet its work is under constant scrutiny of a massive community of interest. The paper concludes by discussing the current yearly release processes and the committee’s challenges going forwarding
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