Date2018-12-10

“The mess we are in” by Joe Armstrong

Great talk from Joe Armstrong on how they created Erlang, and how Programming community looked back in the days. Amazing, inspiring, worth watching:

Chromium build to replace Edge on Windows

Microsoft is building its own Chromium browser to replace the default on Windows 10. The software giant first introduced its Edge browser three years ago, with a redesign to replace Internet Explorer and modernize the default browsing experience to compete with Chrome and others.

While the modern look and feel has paid off for Edge, the underlying browser engine (EdgeHTML) has struggled to keep up with Chromium. Microsoft is finally giving up and moving its default Windows 10 browser to Chromium.

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And yet, I will hold my sight. I quoted from Brad Frost 3 years ago: “But the truth is I don’t care”. 

Update: SwiftOnSecurity brings up interesting thoughts on the reasons behind this move. Mostly related with Electron, Skype for Business and EdgeHTML.

Birth & Death of JavaScript

Absolutely brilliant talk from Gary Bernhardt about JavaScript. Appearance of asm.js and all the low-level fun, that was going on in 2000’s.

This science fiction / comedy / absurdist / completely serious talk traces the history of JavaScript, and programming in general, from 1995 until 2035. It’s not pro- or anti-JavaScript; the language’s flaws are discussed frankly, but its ultimate impact on the industry is tremendously positive. For Gary’s more serious (and less futuristic) thoughts on programming, try some Destroy All Software screencasts.