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“The ES6 release is a huge deal,” says Owen. “Everyone is super excited.”
The method that Owen outlines allows one to get more use out of memory allocated for a given function in certain circumstances. This preserves memory and can prevent stack overflow (which occurs when there is not enough memory to execute a set of functions).
“Basically it’s a memory optimization in the browser,” he explains.
“I was really excited that many people found value in it,” says Owen. “Right now there are a lot of these new ES6 features, so seeing a really laid out explanation of one was undoubtedly helpful for people.”
For Owen, making the front page of Hacker News was more than just a nice acknowledgement, it signaled how far he had come in his young career as a developer.
“A year ago, I was reading Hacker News and thinking about going to Hack Reactor. Now I’m on the front page.”
Previously, Owen had been an analyst at an actuarial consulting firm. He started coding on the side, and built a project to generate bitcoin addresses with a friend. The experience of building a functioning app made him realize that he wanted to make coding into a career. As someone with a preference for immersive learning, Hack Reactor felt right for him.