First, Github is making some changes.
GitHub is working on replacing the term "master" on its service with a neutral term like "main" to avoid any unnecessary references to slavery, its CEO said on Friday.via zdnet
There's some interesting conversations I was having in with my dev friends on Slack. Much is shrugging.
But the vocal parts of the internet?
Heck, within that Zdnet post are some really awful comments.
There's no slave model in Git. I personally think it's a stretch to connect the word Master with the whole Master/Slave concept in tech.
Everyone has opinions. You're allowed to have opinions. You also have a butt.
I started to really think this through - is changing the word
main important to me?
It doesn't affect me in the slightest.
So my opinion is kinda moot. It doesn't matter. It's a waste of energy to think about. And of all the hills to die on, this is not one of them.
But let's go through the excuses because why not?
As a developer, why are you so invested?
You can name anything with anything.
i are the same.
const sayHello = 'Hello, there'; const i = 'Hello, there';
i doesn't make sense as a variable name at all. There's no meaning what
i represents and it's a terrible practice.
main doesn't have any implications.
As a developer, programming is a slippery slope!
Languages change over time. Tedtalk video That's how languages work. Go ahead - travel back in time with your English speaking skills. You definitely won't be able to speak the same English to another english speaker in the 1200s.
When Python removes the master/slave terminology, Python didn't break. Life moves on.
So? Remember the
opinions == butts part? This guy from 2015 thinks React is bad
People get mad and butthurt about everything.
This screams 'We've Always Done It This Way', which is one of the most dangerous phrases in business.
'We've Always Done It This Way' is a fundamentally broken concept. If it wasn't, we'd still be using Netscape and writing pure HTML/CSS.
Finally you're getting it! It's a nothing burger.
But at the end of the day, the change is the change and life moves on.
But if you still have very strong opinions and feel like you're fighting against some weird 1984-cult language, I invite you to relax and take a break from the internet, and when you're ready, put your opinions here.