In the late 1990s, when the internet became public, the “First Browser War” had begun. Major players like “Microsoft” and NetScape were competing for dominance with browsers such as Navigator and Internet Explorer. To gain some advantage and make web pages more fun and dynamic, NetScape wanted to add a scripting language to its browser. Therefore, the company tasked Brendan Eich to invent such language that was required to be lightweight and easy to learn.
Multipurpose programming language
- Loading new data or content to a page without page reload
- Page elements animation, like resizing, fading, or relocating
- Audio and video play
- Dropdown menus and rollover effects
- Validating Web forms input
- Mature Community
- Variety of Libraries and Frameworks
You have the opportunity to choose from a long list of libraries according to your needs. Today, libraries like React, jQuery, D3.js, etc., are used in most applications across the web. Frameworks such as Angular, Ember.js, and Vue.js provide optimal performance and organization to build large applications.
- Fast and Scalable
The beast under the hood
However, over the years, JS engines have made tremendous progress. They have evolved from slow interpreters to fast, just-in-time compilers. Some of the tasks they handle include Inline caching, Garbage Collection, Compilation to Machine code.
One of the most popular engines out there is Google’s open-source engine called Chrome V8. It is used by Chrome and Brave browsers.
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