23rd March 2016

What is JavaScript?

This is a brief background about JavaScript.


In May 1995 Brendan Eich was working for Netscape and in 10 days created Moca. By September 1995 it was known as LiveScript and then in December 1995 JavaScript as Java was very popular at the time.

From 97-98 the standard specification was set by ECMA so  other browser vendors could implement the work done, leading to ECMA-262 Ed.1: ECMAScript is the name of the official standard, with JavaScript being the most well known of the implementations.  The current edition of the ECMAScript standard is 6, released in June 2015

JavaScript has become one of the most popular programming languages on the Web.  

The advent of Ajax returned JavaScript to the spotlight and brought more professional programming attention. The result was a proliferation of comprehensive frameworks and libraries, improved JavaScript programming practices, and increased usage of JavaScript outside Web browsers, as seen by the proliferation of server-side JavaScript platforms.

“JavaScript” is a trademark of Oracle Corporation