What is the most horrible programming language or technology you have worked with?

I HATE JS. Period. The absence of type system and weird quirks irritate me already. Coming from a Java background I absolutely despise JavaScript primarily because of its poor design. But I have to deliver something real fast and thanks to my boss I have to do it in JS. I hate my life.

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Marco Alka's photo

Wow, I love JS, because I can get things done fast, however for stable code, I usually go for TypeScript (which transpiles to JS).

The worst language I ever had to work with was ABAP. It feels like a DB query language overloaded with everything one needs for GUI and logic in the worst way possible. It's old and clunky, and I hate it. Luckily, I don't have to do anything in it anymore.

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Paul Watts's photo

Love life-long learning and sharing knowledge

Also when I was using ABAP (some years ago) part of the SAP schema was in English and part in German.

Had to keep translating from German to English.

Enrique Arrieta's photo

Well, probably assembler is the language I hate the most but there was a language I worked with that I don't even remember the name of the language... But I remember that in the file was the connection to the DB, the structure of the view (a webpage) and the logic that handle some functionality of the site... Those were dark days.

Also when I started using JS I loved it but at the same time I hated it because there are lot of coder that don't know how to write good JS, most of them comes from Java or PHP and when you work with them most of the times you have to deal with poorly written JS... But this is not because they are bad o something like that, is because the languages are so different that they just don't know how to properly do it.

Now I just use TS instead of JS, the types help to have more control and better understand what is inside a variable.

cedric simon's photo

Nowadays, I work with PHP, and I hate it not as a language, but as an environment, because it behaves differently depending on settings in PHP.ini. So frustrating!

Eric O. Jonathan's photo

I just had a discussion with a colleague about a JavaScript file that we're both working on. There's this 'that' variable/object that was suddenly being used in the functions without having it being initially declared. Not being well versed in JavaScript I was assuming that must be a built-in Java object that is equivalent to 'this'. But then it takes different function arguments. It didn't seem right. If it was an anonymous function, shouldn't it also be declared as such somewhere in the script?

Anyway, we traced the 'that' assignment on a different JavaScript file that was declared earlier before the JavaScript file that we were working on. And even worse, that assignment was declared in one of the functions there, not at the top as global variable!

"This is sloppy coding!" I said. Just because the variable that you declared using 'var' can be used beyond the function that you declared at, that doesn't mean you have to use it as global variable! Using 'let' is still much better. It prevents unwanted behavior when treating variables as though they are available everywhere!

So, that's my gripe with JavaScript so far. Sloppy coding can happen in any programming language but JavaScript made it too easy to do it.

Max Weber's photo

I think there are a lot of languages that have some burden but I never hated a language. Some of them are harder, some of the more beautiful but in the end every language has its benefits and use cases. We should be more thankful that someone invented these languages and take decades to make a language better and better.

After some years, I would say that JavaScript as a working language is not too bad. You have to be very diligent to work with JavaScript and TypeScript or you will have very quickly a lot of Anti-Patterns.

I think the least preferable working language is for me personally SAP ABAP with Web Dynpro or more specific all proprietary languages that are only invented for a pretty small circle of developers. Oracle does that also a lot like Server Script or their CRM System.