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[2]: Browser languages
by yourpalal on Wed 14th Dec 2011 23:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Browser languages"
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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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