Here’s a wonderful little article about the death of the comma, by Robert J. Samuelson. The only thing I’ll emphasize is that removing commas removes clarity. Commas are not, as many suppose, merely used to indicate a pause. They are used to indicate sentence structure, to help the reader understand the meaning of sentences, especially complex ones. As a software developer, I respect the need for clear syntax.

Alas, representing complex sentences–and complex thoughts?–seems doomed.

The Sad Fate of the Comma