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  • Revision title: JavaScript
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Summary

JavaScript is a programming language primary used by web browsers to allow dynamic scripting of web pages. It can also be used server side to perform any sort of action.

In depth

JavaScript  was originally developed by Brendan Eich when he was working for Netscape Corp. It was primary a project to provide a new server side language but despite this, was made available for the first time in a browser within Netscape 2.0 in September 1995. As JavaScript gained a quick widespread success, Microsoft introduced its own JavaScript support in Internet Explorer 3.0, released in August 1996.

Known fact: Does JavaSacript as anything to do with Java? Technically speaking, no, nothing at all. Java and JavaScript are two different programming langages with almost nothing in common. However, in the early days of JavaScript, when Netscape decided to ship it, they also ship the support for Java applet within their browser. So mainly for marketing reason, what was previously named "LiveScript" were rebranded "JavaScript".

In November 1996, Netscape started working with Ecma International to turn JavaScript into an industry standard. Since then, the standard version of JavaScript is known under the name ECMAScript and the specification is known as ECMA-262. The most well known (and currently mostly implemented) version of ECMAScript is ECMA-262 3rd edition. The current version, available in every modern web browser is ECMA-262 5th edition. A 6th edition of ECMAScript is currently under heavy work.

Know more

General knowledge

  • JavaScript on Wikipedia

Learning JavaScript

  • The JavaScript tutorial on MDN
  • The JavaScript course on codecademy.com
  • John Resig's

Technical information

  • The latest ECMAScript standard
  • JavaScript reference on MDN

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<h2>Summary</h2>
<p>JavaScript is a programming language primary used by web browsers to allow dynamic scripting of web pages. It can also be used server side to perform any sort of action.</p>
<h2>In depth</h2>
<p>JavaScript &nbsp;was originally developed by Brendan Eich when he was working for Netscape Corp. It was primary a project to provide a new server side language but despite this, was made available for the first time in a browser within Netscape 2.0 in September 1995. As JavaScript gained a quick widespread success, Microsoft introduced its own JavaScript support in Internet Explorer 3.0, released in August 1996.</p>
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 <p><strong>Known fact:</strong> Does JavaSacript as anything to do with Java? Technically speaking, no, nothing at all. Java and JavaScript are two different programming langages with almost nothing in common. However, in the early days of JavaScript, when Netscape decided to ship it, they also ship the support for Java applet within their browser. So mainly for marketing reason, what was previously named "LiveScript" were rebranded "JavaScript".</p>
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<p>In November 1996, Netscape started working with Ecma International to turn JavaScript into an industry standard. Since then, the standard version of JavaScript is known under the name ECMAScript and the specification is known as ECMA-262. The most well known (and currently mostly implemented) version of ECMAScript is ECMA-262 3rd edition. The current version, available in every modern web browser is ECMA-262 5th edition. A 6th edition of ECMAScript is currently under heavy work.</p>
<h2>Know more</h2>
<h3>General knowledge</h3>
<ul>
 <li>JavaScript on Wikipedia</li>
</ul>
<h3>Learning JavaScript</h3>
<ul>
 <li>The JavaScript tutorial on MDN</li>
 <li>The JavaScript course on codecademy.com</li>
 <li>John Resig's</li>
</ul>
<h3>Technical information</h3>
<ul>
 <li>The latest ECMAScript standard</li>
 <li>JavaScript reference on MDN</li>
</ul>
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