JSConf US2013

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Godwin's Law for JavaScript: as people discuss a proposed extension to JavaScript syntax, the likelihood of someone saying "Stop trying to turn JavaScript into Java!" approaches 1. For years I've tried to understand this perspective. Why are there so many people out there for whom present-day JavaScript is Good Enoughâ„¢? What crucial aspect of JavaScript's identity are they trying to defend? Why do they get so scared when someone suggests new syntax? Can we figure out how to evolve the language without incurring the wrath of their pitchforks and/or torches? I'm going to spend half an hour trying to figure it out, and I invite you to join me.

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