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JavaScript Is Everywhere, This Is What It Does, Here’s Why You Should Learn To Code JavaScript

Written by wyncode on 24th April 2014, 11:24 AM

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Trevor Parscal coding in Wikimedia Foundation office – photo by Matthew (WMF) – Wikimedia Commons

Coding in the office of the Wikimedia Foundation – photo by Matthew (WMF) via Wikimedia Commons

JavaScript is the ninja assassin of coding languages, practically invisible and seemingly everywhere at once. Even those that are relatively tech-savvy may not realize exactly how much they are enjoying the benefits of JavaScript every single day.

This pervasive programming language is used in millions of web pages and server applications throughout the world, but it rarely receives as much recognition as other languages such as SQL and HTML.

Here is a closer look at the beginnings of JavaScript, how it has evolved over the years, and the role it is going to play in the future of the web.

Brendan Eich creator of JavaScript photo via WIkimedia Commons

Brendan Eich, creator of the JavaScript scripting language, and co-founder of Mozilla

Brendan Eich created the JavaScript language for Netscape in the mid-1990s because the company needed a new user-friendly web-based programming language to help make webpages more dynamic.

ECMA International Meeting photo via ECMA

At a meeting of the ECMA International with the ISO’s Mike SMith (far right, R.I.P.)

JavaScript truly took off in 1996 after it was adopted by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (under the name JScript) and submitted to ECMA International. ECMA formalized and standardized the language in 1997 (under the name ECMAScript). ECMA is a Geneva, Switzerland based consumer electronics, and communications technology standards organization with the reach to make impactful decisions on adopting technologies by consensus.

 

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Learn To Code JavaScript (creative commons)

The first thing most programmer’s notice about JavaScript is it’s similarity to other popular programming languages. While not identical, the language reads like both C++ and Java. That makes JavaScript easier for coders to learn, allowing coding school students to quickly move on to more advanced topics.

 

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JavaScript Chess! One of the many, many JavaScript based games online.

JavaScript is compatible with almost all of the leading web browsers and gets huge amounts of support from these companies. While it was initially designed to provide simple movement and interaction for websites, programmers are now finding a wide array of uses for this programming language. After the basics have been mastered at coding school, web developers can use it to make browser-based games, slides, interactive maps, fluid UIs for menus, and almost any other form of animation or web-based movement imaginable.

 

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Cross-Browser JavaScript support systems.

Furthermore, all the Internet giants believe in the power and future of JavaScript. Google, Apple, Mozilla, and Adobe have all released open-source JavaScript engines in the last decade, all racing to produce the fastest browsers. These engines have given JavaScript enough speed and power to break free from the browser and become a full-stack programming language.

So if you are looking for a language with explosive growth potential and a long, stable history, then learning to code JavaScript is for you.

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