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Discussion on: 10 rules to code like NASA (applied to interpreted languages)

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Benjamin

The fact that a feature exists in a language doesn't mean it's a feature worth using. These languages are designed by mortals and often inherit patterns and ideas from previous (and flawed) languages.

JavaScript, while beloved, was originally designed in a hurry and is famous for having "bad parts" which experienced developers not only avoid using but purposefully don't teach to newbies.

You say we should use these features for what they are best for. I agree that we should certainly not abuse any language feature, but the point here is that there are almost always better ways to solve the problems these features address. By "better" I mean "easier for you and others to understand next year" and "offering fewer places for bugs to hide."