"It's been over ten years, hard to believe. It was the Rodney Dangerfield of languages," said Eich, CTO of Mozilla.
An attendee at the conference applauded the Python bent. "Python's a great language and seeing them pattern it after Python is really exciting," said Thabo Fletcher, a software engineer with Front Page, which provides online ad services.
"We're adding a lot of fun features," said Eich.
Thread support is not planned, however. Threads are less common in browser implementations and "it's very hard to program with threads," Eich said.
"I think there is an important point to make here and that is that you can argue stagnation was good on the browser side," Eich said. This enabled work on the server side and development of good frameworks for server content. But that time is past.
"It's time to get back to innovating in the browser space," Eich said.
"Browsers are going to be more and more important because they're going to be on cell phones in great numbers," he said.