[messages] [Developers] Re: Roadmap for VASSAL 4

Michael Kiefte mkiefte at dal.ca
Wed Mar 30 04:20:08 MST 2011

I thought you hated Python.  I've never used it but I know it has a lot of fans.

The more I think about it though, the more I like Java.  It's pretty good. Although if we want a better looking UI, we may want to consider SWT instead of Swing. 

Java is a good language to attract new developers. And now with Gosling at Google, it may survive the next decade.

- M.

On 2011-03-30, at 7:28 AM, Joel Uckelman <uckelman at nomic.net> wrote:

> Thus spake Michael Kiefte:
>> I finished reading the Mozilla documentation on JavaScript, and inheritance
>> is a nightmare.  Since there are not classes, inheritance is based on a
>> prototype instantiation. The syntax for inheritance is a gigantic kludge and
>> there appear to be several ways of doing it--none of which are necessarily
>> intuitive.  I have a sudden urge to do everything in assembler.  There are a
>> few other quirks that will make it bug prone -- some of which I posted
>> above.  I was against JavaScript before I started investigating it and now
>> I'm actually much more firm in my opposition.  It's a bad language.
> I'm not in favor of it either. Making those demos was an interesting
> exercise, but I don't see that JavaScript is suitable for a large
> project. The fact that it's dynamically, weakly typed will make testing
> hard, and the lack of block scoping rules strikes me as error-prone. I
> think it would be interesting to have a web-based client, but I think it
> shouldn't be the primary client. Maybe by the time we're ready to
> develop something web-based, browser support will be in a better state
> (e.g., WebGL will be available).
> I think the next thing I'm going to look into is making the same demo
> in Python, using the OpenGL bindings.
> -- 
> J.
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