A Short History of Javascript

JavaScript was originally called Mocha and then the name was briefly switched to LiveScript before finally settling on JavaScript. It came out in 1995 and has evolved, like everything does, since then into a highly versatile programming language. Today, JavaScript is one of the most used web programming languages. This is primarily because of the programming community that creates libraries and frameworks for (and in) JavaScript that make this already versatile language continually more useful.

There is also another name for JavaScript, which is ECMAScript. This came into being when Javascript was made into a standardized and official language. This occurred in November of 1996.

LiveScript began as an interactive programming language used in tandem with the Netscape Navigator browser. Since LiveScript was directly integrated with the Netscape Navigator browser, there was no need to compile code and no additional plug-ins were needed. This increased the speed, simplicity, and efficiency of the web page experience as well as allowing more interesting, interactive content to be embedded in web pages.

JavaScript’s genesis coincided with the popularity of Netscape Navigator’s popularity. This caused Internet Explorer, which was the other competing browser, to create their own closely related called JScript, which slowly but surely evolved to become more and more like JavaScript. When the tables turned and Internet Explorer rose to higher levels of popularity, JavaScript easily migrated over to Internet Explorer and was integrated into those platforms. Both of these platforms evolved to become compatible with most web hosting services. It is fascinating to behold the symbiotic relationships between browsers and the languages that programmers use to script in those browsers. For instance, Internet Explorer changed JScript so much that it became almost identical to Javascript and skilled programmers could write one program that could be read in both browsers as two different languages. Another technology that was developed that became essential to Java is JavaServer Pages which aids software developers serve dynamically created web pages based on XML, HTML or other types of documents. Soon after jsp hosting or  JavaServer Pages hosting was also developed.

JavaScript was created because a language that could be coded in by amateur and slightly less advanced coders was needed to enhance the offerings of the Internet. Basically, it worked extremely well as a scripting language to help write internet content that was dynamic and that the end user could interact with. Before JavaScript and similar programming languages, all web pages were static and would simply show you information that you couldn’t interact with at all. With JavaScript, Java hosting could be used to enhance web pages into the highly usable and interactive pages that we are all used to today and can look forwards to being created in the future.

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