death to style guidelines

Brendan Eich brendan at
Fri Aug 27 20:16:12 PDT 2010

It's not practical to change the "skin" of JS this radically, but OTOH browser JS VMs are getting so fast that it *is* practical to compile CoffeeScript and other nearby source languages to JS. Heck, even Python -> JS in the browser is looking good, ignoring the standard library issue (

Your point, summarized as "Coding Style as a Failure of Language Design", was made recently by Robert O'Callahan. Perhaps you saw it?

It is IMHO a good argument for language designers operating without backward compatibility and installed base constraints to consider.


On Aug 27, 2010, at 3:15 AM, Irakli Gozalishvili wrote:

> Hi,
> Please don't be too aggressive in replies, I know it's too ambitious & may not lead to anything, but I still want to give it a try and suggest to:
> Employ some of the decisions that being made with coffee script & python in order to over all the wars regarding: 2 space vs 4 space vs tabs, where to put braces, whether or not use optional semicolons. All the style guidelines, just hurt developers, who have to switch mentally every time they work on a project with a different style guides. Besides if I follow correctly it's being agreed to make backwards incompatible syntax changes in new version of ECMAScript :)
> As a side note, I'd like to also mention that coffee script managed to reduce verbosity so match, making writing code so much better experience!
> Regards!
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