CoffeeScript: less typing, bad readability

CoffeeScript: less typing, bad readability « Manuel Cerón.

CoffeeScript took off like wildfire after it’s debut, and has been picking up steam ever since. If I recall correctly it’s now shipping with Rails and people have really taken a liking to it. Personally I don’t have much experience with it as I don’t find myself constantly cursing JavaScript, so leaving out a layer of abstraction is a pro for me.

That doesn’t stop me from reading articles about it. Should CoffeeScript turn into something absolutely necessary for my toolbox, I’ll need to be familiar with modern developments in that space. This piece is interesting to me for a number of reasons, but I’m wondering if readability is simply something that comes with familiarity over time. The author has a ton of examples though, and it’s a really interesting look at the potential issues of any programming language, not just CoffeeScript.