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> Pete Hunt, one of the original developers of React at Facebook, began work on a Cassowary-like layout engine at one point and came to the conclusion (whether rightly or wrongly) that arbitrary constraint-based layout is too user hostile to pursue further.

I think that pg's point #2 from this post applies

http://paulgraham.com/javacover.html




Off topic but I read #2 and I can't for the life of me think of why he would consider Cobol a bad language, perhaps he has no personal experience with it.


There are some mentions here

http://paulgraham.com/popular.html

"It is a mistake to try to baby the user with long-winded expressions that are meant to resemble English. Cobol is notorious for this flaw. A hacker would consider being asked to write."




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