Modern Programming for and via the Web Browser


July 16, 2013


Programming for the web browser is a complex affair, in the same way that programming of early computers via assembly language was complex before the advent of higher-level languages such as FORTRAN and C. Today, languages such JavaScript, HTML, and CSS form the basic low-level programming abstractions.

This session of the 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit describes research and technology that make programming for the web easier and safer. We focus on new developments in JavaScript, investigate the latest changes in TouchDevelop for mobile touch devices, and announce TypeScript, a new language for application-scale JavaScript development.


Shriram Krishnamurthi, Steve Lucco, and Tom Ball

Shriram Krishnamurthi is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. He currently focuses on securing various attack surfaces on the Web. With collaborators and students, he has created several influential systems: DrRacket (programming environment), Margrave (access control policy analyzer), FrTime and Flapjax (reactive programming languages), and Lambda-JS and Typed JavaScript (semantics and types for JavaScript). He is a co-author of “How to Design Programs” and author of “Programming Languages: Application and Interpretation”. He coordinates the Program by Design and Bootstrap outreach programs. He holds an NSF CAREER Award and Brown’s Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship for distinguished contribution to undergraduate education, and has authored twelve papers recognized by program committees.


  • Portrait of Tom Ball

    Tom Ball

    Research Mgr/ Principal Researcher