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Chapter 1. Essential JavaScript > JavaScript Through the Ages

JavaScript Through the Ages

JavaScript is a unique language—despite its name, which has caused a great deal of confusion, it is not directly related to Java. When JavaScript was first introduced, Java was dominant, and it must have seemed like a good idea to tie JavaScript to Java.

Things have shifted dramatically, however; JavaScript has become far more popular than Java for web use. Whereas Java has gone on to become a relatively complex, involved language, JavaScript has remained remarkably the same over the years—a lightweight, fast, and powerful language that is, quite simply, the programmer’s favorite—it’s by far the favorite language of the web.


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