This is, oh, so very true! JavaScript is far, far, far from the light, breezy scripting language that Brendan Eich created in 1995. The latest ECMAScript language specification is 764 pages long. Good Grief!

As a software developer with over 30 years experience in various domains and programming languages, I’ve learned the value of a small, simple, easy-to-learn tool. I now prefer languages like Pharo (a modern Smalltalk variant), Golang, Elixir, and Racket.

In fact, I can use Pharo for web development, both back-end (using Seaside and Teapot) and front-end (using PharoJS). Thankfully, I can avoid the humongous mess that is JavaScript.

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