Re: Non-declared variables

From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]

it’s not the actual typing of the lines that takes so long -
it’s reasoning over it.

…and yet (for me) the actual typing of the lines is a significant
portion, even though I’m a reasonably fast typer. I just performed a
simple test to be sure.

It took me 45 seconds to type (the Ruby code):
myArray.each{ |a,b|
alert( a, b )
five times in a row.

It took me 60 seconds to type (the JS code):
for ( var i=0, len=this.length; i<len; ++i ){
alert( this[0], this[1] );
five times. I type that loop ALL THE TIME. My muscle memory is attuned
to that loop, and cranks it out.

It took me 65 seconds to type (the JS code):
myArray.each( this, function( a, b ){
alert( a, b );
} );
five times. And, I made a typo on the fourth attempt that I didn’t see
until I was done.

This is obviously a very simple test, but I’m telling you that, in this
case, saving keystrokes reduces my programming time on a task by 25%. I
write JS all day long, and I cringe every time I need to iterate an
array. (Cringing time not included in the above measurements.)

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