CoffeeScript

jashkenas, GitHub, Dec 27, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Sometimes a programming language can be a thing of beauty. CoffeeScript is a case in point, taking ugly ugly Javascript (or the even more ugly-named EMCA script) and turning it into something beautiful - and point for point compatible. It is what Javascript would have looked like had some thought gone into readability and design in the first place. "Underneath all of those embarrassing braces and semicolons, JavaScript has always had a gorgeous object model at its heart. CoffeeScript is an attempt to expose the good parts of JavaScript in a simple way."
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