The rampant amount of errors you run across (if you use IE with script error notification enabled) will make you sad for the internet. It lead my friend Miguel deIcaza to postulate:
Guess a sloppy language encourages sloppy practices
But it made me wonder:
Side note: for fun I ran Don's blog through JSLint and it was red red and more red. This isn't a critique of Don, more of a wow dude might be more right than he knows kind of thing.
What if you could lift the lid on every site out there and peer inside at the source code? What if you could flip a switch that says ignore every try/catch, every begin/rescue and let the errors flow freely?
I think the internet would stop working.
I think blaming a language for being sloppy is probably a bit off base - as Phil put it:
I think Phil's right. But it brings up a question: when you write code, how many errors do you write per hour? And, more importantly, how do you know they're there and then fix them?
Forged From The Fiery Pits of Exception Hell
About 1 time out of 9 I can write a routine that works the first time. And when that happens I usually let out a "YIP!" - and then immediately distrust whatever it was that I wrote.
There's no way I can get it right the first time - Odds are that I can't. I know that so I test my stuff as much as I possibly can. Even then I know I'm letting crap out the door. It's human nature.
Our brains are wired to improve upon millions of years of pain and suffering (if you believe in evolution). Why shouldn't our code be the same way? What do we know of any other way to create... anything?
If you have kids and were present at their birth, you very much know what I'm talking about
The Mark of the Maker
Our code is forged from the pain of misunderstandings, miscommunications, hubris, bullheaded ego and a smidge of inspiration and love. After a period of slow-torture and water boarding, our applications take shape.
The true question is:
Do you forge your code carefully, fold it gently, and pound the finest edge found anywhere in the land? Does your code bear the marks of its maker?
The steel of the sword is only valuable as a measure of vanity - a tree limb can take a man's head if it's properly swung. It's the Mark of the Maker the tells the true tale of the weapon.
What does your Mark look like?