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Announcing Opa: Making Web Programming Transparent 253

Posted by timothy
from the opalong-nothing-to-see-here dept.
phy_si_kal writes "Opa, a new open source programming language aiming to make web development transparent, has been publicly launched. Opa automatically generates client-side JavaScript, and handles communication and session control. The ultimate goal of this project is to allow writing distributed web applications using a single programming language to code application logic, database queries and user interfaces. Among existing applications already developed in Opa, some are worth a look. Best place to start is the project homepage which contains extensive documentation, while the code of the technology is on GitHub. A programming challenge ends October 17th."
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Announcing Opa: Making Web Programming Transparent

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  • Obigtory..... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 27, 2011 @06:44PM (#37230714)

    This [xkcd.com] seems to be getting some use lately.....

  • Re:yes! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mellon (7048) on Saturday August 27, 2011 @08:58PM (#37231410) Homepage

    Yes, and if Javascript weren't so bloody limited, that would be a great solution. Why, oh why, couldn't they just have embedded Scheme, which has all the wins of Javascript, and none of the limitations? Sigh.

  • by drgroove (631550) on Sunday August 28, 2011 @12:12AM (#37232110)
    Dear Creators of Opa - Honestly, what were you thinking? Opa is basically another crack at the same approach that ColdFusion tried years ago, and failed at. Opa isn't Object Oriented, meaning that developers working in an OOP language (Java, .NET, Python, PHP, Ruby, Perl, etc) will have a tougher time making the transition - it also means that Opa can't implement or support standard Design Patterns, which is a huge mistake IMnsHO. The sample code on the Opa site shows a mix of Opa functions, database interaction, markup language, CSS, Javascript... what a mess. Haven't we all learned that clean separation of functional application concerns is the only way to write scalable, enterprise-class programs yet? Opa doesn't appear to support any database beyond it's own build-in, slightly obfuscated one, meaning it will gain no enterprise/business traction. As much as I like to see new programming languages succeed, I have to agree w/ a lot of the other posters on /. - Opa is dead on arrival.

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