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A Game of Theories: Why languages do what they do

Rae Krantz · Full Stack Fest 2018

How often do you search for “how to do [x] in [language]”? Maybe you’re a Python developer who thinks Go’s dedication to clean syntax feels familiar, or maybe you’re a Ruby dev who thinks Erlang’s pattern matching doesn’t leave enough freedom in your code to deal.

Language differences and similarities both enamor and infuriate us, but much as we love to debate otherwise, no language is 100% evil or 100% good.

There are reasons and background stories for why they do what they do. So let’s compare how they solve our common problems.

What does a language’s built-in-functions tell us about why they were created and how they are best used? Language list: Ruby, Python, Go and/or Rust, Erlang, Clojure, JavaScript