The Tragedy of the Common Lisp, or, Why Large Languages Explode (was: revive let blocks)

Mark S. Miller erights at google.com
Sat Jun 20 00:18:39 UTC 2015


Someone just brought <https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9742823> to my
attention. It says:

I like the author’s remarks and philosophy about keeping JavaScript small,
but I thought the opening was remarkably uncharitable. The specific person
and the specific feature are quite irrelevant to the point he’s making here.

I am left with some admiration for his goals, but also a great deal of
trepidation about ever suggesting anything or even talking about
JavScript.next. Will I be the next one called out by name if I make the
mistake of asking whether traits might be a good addition to JavaScript?


I agree completely, and I fully apologize. Starting the thread this way was
inappropriate, at least without some mitigating text which I did not think
to add. I like the fact that we are all civil to each other here and try to
keep the environment welcoming and friendly. Please no one take my message
as precedent in the other direction.

-- 
  Genuinely sorry,
  --MarkM
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