I’m so, so excited because a wee change I advocated for has landed in Node. As in, if you download/upgrade your Node install to the stable version, you will see this change.
It all started when I saw a friend (shoutout to Mudit, he writes smart things and is awesome) mention the
.help option for the Node REPL on Twitter.
.exit in the Node REPL until then.
Type .help in your node repl Thank me later. Actually, thank @GNUmanth later.
— Mudit Ameta (@muditameta) October 14, 2015
— Hemanth.HM (@GNUmanth) October 14, 2015
Hemanth made a pull request based on our discussion. Then the discussion on the PR was something to see. While there was some requisite “nay, no change needed” there were people commenting on the pull request who learned about the functionality!
I’m super excited to have been (somewhat) involved in a change that ZOMG is now in Node ZOMG.
As I look at the discussion again though, there’s an interesting seed in the “no” case – there’s a use of the word “just” explicitly in one of the comments.
The word “just” seems to appear in cases where there’s an argument for a user to “just” do something or to “figure it out.” The Node REPL is a system for users [developers], and when we [those developers] don’t make things usable, we have a large impact with such a decision.
I feel that the change Hemanth made is a step in the right direction, and there’s more we can do to make this and systems like it more user [developer] friendly.