JavaScript may be the language of the web, as Jon Udell wrote back in 2015, but it’s a language that forces us to “battl[e] the language itself” as we try to apply it to more complex problems.

As Tom Dale, a senior software engineer at LinkedIn and a JavaScript luminary, more colorfully described it to me, “JavaScript is like the hippie parents who let you have premarital sex and smoke weed.” That sounds great, he notes, even liberating, but “eventually you resent that you didn’t have any structure and now you’re 32 and living in their basement.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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