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Be careful with these megaman sprites.

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Hehe, somehow HN didn't detected that's already here.

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Sure, it's exactly the same as PHP opcode cachers market.

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Now I know the reason why I felt uncomfortable about ActionScript. Flash folks were always convincing me that AS3 is perfectly fine and kickass language. Next time I'll just link this.

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Given that you didn't have this information before, it's highly unlikely that this was why you felt uncomfortable. Most likely you just don't like ActionScript. It's OK — you're allowed to have personal taste.

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To be fair, there's nothing wrong with the language. The article points out problems in the VM and the compiler.

There's nothing stopping someone from writing, for example, an AS3 compiler for the JVM that interacts with Java libraries in the same way JRuby does.

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Well, since he is talking about how bad the specs are (and not the VM) this seems only partly true ;)

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check out haxe. it is a good, modern language that compiles to a number of targets, including flash.

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I don't get it. Couldn't this scraping be easily done with own Facebook API? Why should you run a scraper to find out all your friends?

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Phone numbers aren't exposed via the Facebook API under any circumstance. For a long time it was the same with emails, including when Scoble wrote that script, but now you can get a user's email by specifically asking for that information via the permissions API.

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This is not entirely true. A Facebook application can get an email address of an authorized user by requesting it [1] (in the authorization dialog, the user can choose to send the application either the email address they signed up with Facebook for, or a proxied Facebook email address). There is currently no way to use the Graph API to retrieve your friends' email addresses.

[1] To do this, your application has to request the email permission. There is no equivalent friends_email permission. See http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/api/permission...

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Ah, true, yes, if I authenticate a Facebook application against my account I can't give it access to my friends' emails, which was the core functionality of Scoble's script.

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yet another Scala

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It's not just Scala, it's Groovy, BeanShell, Factor (JFactor now), Fantom, Frege, Kotlin, Ceylon, Stab, Gosu, Mirah, and that's not counting all the ported versions of Ruby, Python, Lisp (Clojure) and so on.

What you haven't written a JVM language yet? It used to be you weren't a proper programmer until you'd gotten fed up and written your own CMS or web framework. Now I guess everyone has to have their own programming language.

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It's not so surprising.

You remove one of the major pain points of developing your own language (platform/libraries), thus reducing the costs of writing your own language, which shifts the industry to a point where there are more languages.

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Sidenote: JFactor is an outdated implementation and I haven't heard anything about it being revived. Factor has compiled to native code for years now.

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Clojure is not a proted Lisp. Clojure is a new language that is just as diffrent from any other Lisp as Groovy is diffrent from Ruby or Scala from ML.

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Scala has a time to market and a perception problem. Look for Kotlin to be the Scala that Scala never will be.

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There was a recent survey which asked java devs which jvm languages they were taking a serious look at. Scala came out on top with groovy as the runner up. Kotlin was an also ran. Survey results: aftershox.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/JVM_Survey_Responses.png

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I don't know what your beef with Scala is, but you're seriously deluded.

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Your problem is that you think that Scala can overcome its perception problem. No, it can't. Scala is history and will never be anything. Look to Kotlin.

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Erm, you're an idiot.

You're talking about perception problems like everyone knows there is one.

You do realize Scala is being used everywhere right? Twitter, Linked In, Meetup, foursquare, etc, etc. The list is endless.

TL:DR; your vaporware language isn't anything new or exciting. Let me know when it actually exists.

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Scala, Clojure and all other functional languages are --and will continue to be for the foreseeable future--, non mainstream.

Only languages with conventional C or Smalltalk based syntax and some functional "injections" have ever become popular.

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