Node.js, my new crush

I’m really loving all this hype around JavaScript and Node.js.

One reason is that it is spreading the idea of FOSS. Because the great thing about JS is that it can be distributed in only one form: source. Since all your code is visible to everyone anyway, you might as well publish it under a libre licence. And that’s what most people do.

It’s also nice to see new-age hackers doing all sorts of spiffy stuff at npm, the namespace pollution mechanism. What’s more, thanks to npm, this new generation of developers is carrying forward the UNIX philosophy:

Do one thing and do it well.

Win-win.

So Mr Kejriwal is going to be CM, eh? I daresay that means a good thing for the libre software movement. He does share ideas with the FSF, from what I’ve read.

This is Spartan.

So we’ve got one more browser to support. As if dealing with IE’s idiosyncrasies wasn’t pain enough.

But in the long run, Spartan might just prove to be a good thing. That is, if it manages to bring IE’s market share down to clunky-old-enterprises-only percent. This is because Spartan will likely be more compatible, more standards-compliant, and more frequently updated.

Of course, I still recommend Firefox for its freedom and privacy, but at the very least, Spartan will ease the life of web developers.