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Comment: Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (Score 1) 291

by narcc (#47652507) Attached to: The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Try learning it before you use it next time.

Given that the few *actual* complaints about it (not empty 'it sucks' rhetoric) seem to be simple misunderstandings about the language (this, classes, etc.) I'm willing to bet that the problem is the user, not the language.

Really, it's not complicated. It's really very simple. It's different, yes, but far simpler than other, less sophisticated, languages. Take a few days to learn and understand the language. You'll be impressed. It's remarkably well-designed.

Comment: Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (Score 3, Informative) 291

by narcc (#47652495) Attached to: The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Even going with a simple Scheme implementation, like every undergraduate Comp Sci student will develop at one point or another, would have been better than JavaScript.

He wanted to do exactly that. Then someone at Netscape found out what Scheme was and put the kibosh on that plan. (Learn a little history, kid.)

In a way, we were really lucky. What we got was MUCH better. It's a rotten shame so few people here have actually taken the time to learn the language. It's really quite good. The "bad parts", interestingly enough, are the bits Eich was told to include to make it look more like Java (new, constructor functions, etc.)

It's perhaps the worst thing ever to have happened to the computing industry, the worst thing to have happened to the Web

There's a good chance that, without JavaScript, the web would have vanished. You probably don't remember all the hype surrounding the "x internet" back in the early 2000's, but the web was on it's way out. If not for JavaScript (and XHR) the web would likely have been replaced by some other set of technologies.

Comment: Re:First.... (Score 2) 183

by narcc (#47635431) Attached to: WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

This will, in fact, increase a prepper's social status since they can a) not be a burden on others in a group b) help others in a group and c) be viewed as intelligent, forward thinking, etc.

"Just wait until the world as we know it ends! Then they'll HAVE to like me! And, my boss, he'll need to listen to ME for a change!"

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340