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Yehuda Katz has written a great article
encouraging the contributors to ECMAScript to abandon their academic
process for new language features in favor of something more concrete
and accessible to the "lay developer" (nice term).
Interestingly, with a nod to the Try CoffeeScript
online app, he recommends that proposals be made more interactive:
By writing such a source-to-source
translator, existing language users can experiment with the new syntax
easily in a browser environment without requiring a separate compilation
pass. This also allows users to build an in-browser translation UI
(similar to try CoffeeScript), which can improve general understanding of the new syntax and produce important feedback.
I feel this could be one of those watersheds, in which an
outdated form inherited from an earlier era is replaced with a new
hybrid of text and interactive software. This is a fascinating glimpse
of the future. Can you imagine the day when every proposal for a new
public works project or real estate development is required to be
accompanied by interactive online tools for exploring potential
consequences and outcomes?
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