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    It’s incredible the amount of work that is put into making JavaScript fast. Makes you wonder what other work could have been done if the scripting language of the internet had been something else. (Both in terms of applications built on browsers and the browsers themselves.)

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      Makes you wonder what other work could have been done if the scripting language of the internet had been something else

      I think about this all the time at work; we deal with languages for blockchain execution, and very often the folks who wrote those languages & implementations aren’t well versed in the current technology. Subsequently, you often end up with these ad hoc & slow compilers that generate terrible code; for example, solc for the longest time generated an exponentiation opcode for what should have been a constant, which cost folks real money to execute.

      sighs into tea cup

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      This is all good. But, seriously, Firefox, fix those issues with textarea! (One 4 years old, another 2 years already)