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    I don’t want to work with anyone who thinks this way about criticism of programming technologies, particularly if they have the power to enforce that other people “SHUT UP” about what they think of as the flaws of programming languages they use. A Python developer’s joke at the expense of Java may or may not be grounded in a justifiable criticism of Java, but I would much rather attend a programming conference where the enforced code of conduct allowed the developer to make that joke, rather than banning them from doing so.

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      Communities shouldn’t be built around “language identity” in the first place. That makes no sense, so no wonder we get into these sad, bizarre cultural tangles.

      We’re all just struggling developers, and there should be one community of us, free to complain about all our terrible tools. I have done a ton of development in JavaScript and PHP and complained about it the entire time, while getting useful work done despite the awful tools, because that’s what we do. I’m never using C++ again if I can help it, though. :)

      I remember being a real Mac fanboy in the 90s and disparaging the PC world because everything was so awful there. And it was awful. If you haven’t had to set the IRQ for your Soundblaster card you don’t know what it was like. But you have to have respect for the developers at Microsoft who got handed this pile of crap and made it work anyway. Like we all do every day.

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        Other self-taught narratives, such as starting with Wordpress-based design backgrounds and moving from more simple themes to more complex themes where PHP knowledge is required, to plugin development is a completely valid narrative, but a path that is predominately for women.

        What in the world? Why on earth would anyone take this as a given?

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