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    Phoronix: GNOME To Use JavaScript For New User Programs

    At the GNOME Developer Experience Hackfest last week in Brussels, GNOME developers decided to recommend JavaScript as the new language for writing GNOME applications...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI5MjU

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    Meh, I'm just gonna target generic universal HTML5 instead, maybe with some help from JQuery UI.

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    [ ] you know the difference

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    Now this article gave me quite the laugh.

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    Sad story . They are pretty much keeping the crash and burn course .

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    developers like the language
    I'm sure many due, but I write in Javascript every day, and I can honestly say it's one of the worse, most bug-prone languages i've ever used. Granted, the version Gnome desktop is running supports better features than what you can get away with in today's browsers. Still, prototype-inheritance + dynamic objects = developer hell for large applications. They should be pushing Vala instead, or hell, use Google's Dart with Dart VM if they really want to keep around weak-typing.. at least that has sane security, decent performance, and OOP design.

    IMO, Gnome should rewrite all the Javascript code they have controlling Gnome into Vala code (like Elementary did [i believe]). The only argument for Javascript here is that it's "good for extensions".. which isn't really the case, seeing as how almost every extension breaks from one version of Shell to the next. I like Gnome, but Elementary's developers seem a bit more sane (no offense).

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: GNOME To Use JavaScript For New User Programs

    At the GNOME Developer Experience Hackfest last week in Brussels, GNOME developers decided to recommend JavaScript as the new language for writing GNOME applications...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI5MjU
    Hopefully this means they're getting away from python. JS is getting pretty damned fast and should only get faster with the next ecmascript. I know pypy is a helluva lot faster than cpy but I think it is still a good bit slower.
    Global scoping is still an issue, but using the let statement and closures helps somewhat.

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