JS had to “look like Java” only less so, be Java’s dumb kid brother or boy-hostage sidekick. Plus, I had to be done in ten days or something worse than JS would have happened. [Eich]
Putting aside the political impossibility at the time, imagine it had been Python instead:
If Python could be used in the browser, it’d be natural for many - if not most - of people’s small Python apps to have been on-line instead. And a whole bigger audience would have run them and played with them.
And maybe this accessibility would have introduced new people to programming and in some way recreated the excitement and learning as the first computers did?
So imagine that a language heralded for its teachability and readability had had that widely distributed platform for the past 15-odd years - the browser…
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