What is the future of JavaScript?

By Deane Barker on November 2, 2007

Mozilla, Microsoft reps argue over the future of web scripting: Interesting article on the future of JavaScript. Do you release a new version with incremental improvements, or do you scrap it in favor of something more robust like Python or Ruby.

Critics like Microsoft and Yahoo argue that certain characteristics of the language (particularly the prototype-oriented object model) make it impossible to add modern language features to ECMAScript without dramatically increasing the complexity of the language, breaking existing code, and creating new interoperability problems. Such critics believe that the focus should be on improving interoperability between existing ECMAScript 3 implementations and that modern scripting capabilities would be best provided by using a completely different scripting language.

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