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Thumbnail of possible future (first is happening): ES6: modules and shallow continuations; ES7: guards, contracts, event loop concurrency; ES8: macros, parallel arrays (SIMD).

JS evolution disrupts the clean-break rationale.

Languages can change both surface and semantics. The open question I see is: can JS become the VM (its source the "bytecode") to host many languages and several approaches (none memory unsafe; no shared-memory threads).

We have lots of evidence for JS becoming the VM already, along with nay-sayers who want a clean break.

I'm going with evidence over clean-break assertions until we hit a wall that is either inherent in the language or emergent in the standards body and the market. Again, this is why I am concerned about Google playing fair.




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