It's even worse than it appears.
Friday July 3, 2020; 8:44 AM EDT
  • JavaScript is a lovely language once you’ve spent a few years getting comfortable with its quirks. Not what I’d recommend as a starter language. Yet it is the language most people choose to learn as their first language. #
  • Here are the qualities I look for in the ideal starter language. #
    • One way to do things not 20. #
    • Boring, so the newbie can focus on their own app, not the language weirdnesses. #
    • Frozen. They should be able to run their student projects 40 years from now. Not a place where language designers try out new ideas.#
    • No callbacks, synchronization handled in runtime.#
    • Algol-like, so you can get support form millions of experienced developers. #
  • May think of more qualifications later...#

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