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Who Invented JavaScript

JavaScript, not to be confused with Java, is a programming language commonly used in many web pages. It is often used for animating objects on a website, reloading page content without refreshing the whole page, tracking web users, delivering advertisements, checking/sending data to a server, online games and playing audio and/or video. It can also be used in other areas such as in widgets, PDF files, game engines, chat clients and much more. After its invention JavaScript was quickly adopted by major browsers and web designers. Today, all major web browsers are compatible with the language. Let’s find out who invented the JavaScript language.

Who invented JavaScript?
JavaScript was invented by Brendan Eich while working on the Netscape Navigator web browser at Netscape Communications Corporation. Eich developed the language, under the code name Mocha, as a lightweight programming language that anyone could use to complement Java. The first version of the language was named LiveScript and it was released in the beta version of the popular web browser Netscape Navigator 2.0 and was renamed to JavaScript in a subsequent beta version. JavaScript was adopted by Microsoft and, in August 1996, it was included in Internet Explorer 3.0. Today, the trademark for JavaScript belongs to Oracle Corporation.

Did you know?
The JavaScript language is often criticized for being an inefficient programming language. Some people have even referred to it as the worst programming language in the history of computing. Eich does not dispute some of the criticisms of his language, but says that he had to develop JavaScript quickly to avoid something worse from being created! Today, Eich is the chief technology officer at Mozilla Corporation (the developers of the popular web browser Firefox).

In 2011 Google announced the web programming language Dart, which is intended to be a replacement for JavaScript. Most major web browsers do not currently support this language.

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