Published: Nov 21 2011 / 03:18
Most likely, CoffeeScript is going no where. Just like Scala, LISP, Scheme, Haskell, Erlang, etc are going no where. They're all either functional languages are primarily functional. In either case, most developers don't like functional programming.
Your company may have a few very unusual programmers, who like functional languages. If you let them write code in CoffeeScript, you'll be in big trouble after they leave your company. It will be practically impossible to find any typical web developers, who can program CoffeeScript.
I do believe though that to be popular, a language will need to support a mix of styles, so languages like Haskell or Lisp-based ones may be limited to niche use in the end.
As for Coffeescript, whether it lives or dies will depend on other factors (robustness, performance, community support, etc)
Dart is going to nowhere too. Just use a single hand and count the Go programmers.
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