If you could end COVID-19 by sacrificing one programming language, which one would you choose and why is it PHP?
See, I think you're completely free not to like Python for whatever reason you choose -- as long as you're okay with me absolutely adoring it.
Realistically, I'm quite aware that it has limitations and isn't the best solution for every problem -- but it's certainly made it much harder for other languages to appeal to me.
I suspect it might just not be good for whatever it is you like to implement (e.g. fast/bulletproof code), or the way you prefer to write it.
@fribbledom If y'all could wait until Monday in that case, I would really appreciate it. 😅 I just need PHP to exist until after this demo 😛
@fribbledom i think there's a really strong argument that murdering Cobol would measurably improve the world
Haven't used enough php to hate it yet, but I've heard stories.
I'm a very strong believer in strong typing, and that a function should have one return type and not be able to pass/assign whatever you want to anything...
(That's not to say you can't create datatypes that can represent multiple types, you can have things like union values that can represent multiple types, they just need to be explicitly defined)
@gaurdianaq You can learn bad habits everywhere, its not really the job of the language to prevent this. But at least you are enforced to do proper indentation and have some semantic sugar which lowers the mental load while reading and writing (thinking about something like "if var is not whatever"
@fribbledom Do instruction sets qualify as programming languages? They are the language used to make the hardware do what you want, after all. Because, in that case, x86, to maximize damage.
@fribbledom Is it an option to keep both in sealed vials in my basement, to serve as a threat to future generations?
@fribbledom I was going to actually choose COBOL, because that kind of Hell should no longer exist. It is the 21st century, after all.
Not a bad language in itself, but the most abused language of all time.
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