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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RE: Browser languages
by Shannara on Sun 11th Dec 2011 03:10 UTC in reply to "Browser languages"
Shannara
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2005-07-06

"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."

Uhh.. Unless you mean something else other then what you type. This simply is not true. I could name at least 5 other languages that you can use for web development that is much more common then JS.

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RE[2]: Browser languages
by Alfman on Sun 11th Dec 2011 03:24 in reply to "RE: Browser languages"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Shannara,

It was pretty clear to me he meant in the browser, where the choice of built in languages is indeed limited to javascript.

Edit: Although, now that I think about it, many years ago IE did support vbscript too.

Edited 2011-12-11 03:26 UTC

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RE[2]: Browser languages
by JAlexoid on Sun 11th Dec 2011 04:26 in reply to "RE: Browser languages"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

For a browser?

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RE[2]: Browser languages
by yourpalal on Wed 14th Dec 2011 23:19 in reply to "RE: Browser languages"
yourpalal Member since:
2011-04-15

Uhh.. Unless you mean something else other then what you type. This simply is not true. I could name at least 5 other languages that you can use for web development that is much more common then JS.


I'd love to be proven wrong, what 5 languages are used client side more than JS? I'll accept languages that compile to JS in your list too.

I know Python can be compiled to JS, and Java through GWT, but I'm pretty sure that straight-up JS is still the #1 client-side language.

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