Linked by snydeq on Sun 11th Dec 2011 01:35 UTC
General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes in favor of new programming languages given the difficulty of upgrading existing, popular languages. 'Whenever a new programming language is announced, a certain segment of the developer population always rolls its eyes and groans that we have quite enough to choose from already,' McAllister writes. 'But once a language reaches a certain tipping point of popularity, overhauling it to include support for new features, paradigms, and patterns is easier said than done.' PHP 6, Perl 6, Python 3, ECMAScript 4 -- 'the lesson from all of these examples is clear: Programming languages move slowly, and the more popular a language is, the slower it moves. It is far, far easier to create a new language from whole cloth than it is to convince the existing user base of a popular language to accept radical changes.'
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Browser languages
by yourpalal on Sun 11th Dec 2011 02:33 UTC
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This is exactly why we need something JVM-ish in the browser. It doesn't have to be a JVM, maybe even a restricted subset of ECMAScript that can be heavily optimized, which would act as a compile target for other languages. As it stands, updates to JS take too long, and will be unsupported on older browsers.. what's the point?

Any programmer worth his salt knows that you pick the tools based on the job you're doing, and right now, the only choice for web development is JS. While JS works fine for some tasks, it isn't well suited for every single thing you might want to run in a browser, and it never will be.

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