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last posted Aug. 17, 2014, 7:45 p.m.

Found out about JavaScript being 'prototypal' structure, as opposed to Object-Oriented (or at least having proper OO features, if that's too vague). Always wondered if OO was the best ways to handle things.

I mean, we still need things like encapsulation, and modularisation - but do that have to go hand-in-hand with OO practise? Aren't there other ways of achieving these things?

The way general concepts sometimes get folded into OO philosophy, in such a way that they are seen as being defined there reminds me of all those TDD arguments that reduce to arguments about regression testing - you can regression test without TDD, just as you can pursue the four-pillars without OO.

Problem is, you can't learn without making your own mistakes, and how can I know what advantages OO bring, without really trying anything else? At this stage, OO is so mature that any other methodologies would come short from sheer lack of popularity. As such, I can't see the forest for the trees - I can't put OO in context, and contrast it with non-OO easily, without all counter-examples being toy examples.

A such, maybe my scepticism is really a yearning for experience outside my bubble. It's healthy to be aversive to a biased perspective, and natural for any truth-seeking, objective professional to want to step outside their experience (if it's too predominated in one particular aspect) to learn more about the things they might be missing, and get a more holistic grasp of the things they know;

You don't realise you can hear the sound of you own breathing until you enter a quiet room; You don't perceive your own thoughts until you stop and try to be mindful of them; you don't properly understand the concepts/forms given to you, unless you know what else they could have been, and why they aren't that;

This often will require knowledge of their history, the constraints and influences that shaped them, and as such the meaning, philosophy and design decisions baked into their final form - often the forms they where not created (and why that was) is often needed to be known.

BTW - I know this stream (first post here) is a bit ranty, starting from a single thought on JS, and leading to a very general thought - intend to clean this up at a later date. For now, I'll publish or perish!

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