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After likening Web developers to a movie character who used a chainsaw as a hand, JavaScript founder Brendan Eich laid out ongoing plans for improving the language.

JavaScript performance is getting close to native performance, Eich said on Wednesday at the O'Reilly Fluent Conference in San Francisco. But the road for JavaScript developers has been challenging so far. He compared Web developers to a character played by the actor Bruce Campbell in the "Evil Dead" movie.

"To be a Web developer, you have to be tough like Ash," said Eich, who is CTO at Mozilla. "JavaScript is kind of a chainsaw you have in place of a hand on the Web." Web development, he said, "has always been hard." And it still is.

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