Keynote: Go To There and Back Again

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The March of Progress is not a stable thing. It moves in fits, and frequently changes direction. N steps forward. M steps back. Can we get there from here? Are we there yet? JavaScript has become incredibly popular, and yet is little loved and much hated. And it is trying to change while petrified by its own popularity. We'll look at the history of some current controversies in language design, starting with Dijkstra's letter to the editor. A go to technology is sometimes useful and so must be eliminated.







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