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A Little History Lesson

Years ago, the programmers at Netscape Communications Corporation recognized that HTML alone was not robust enough to support interactive Web programming. In 1995 they developed a scripting language called LiveScript, which gave Web page developers greater control over the browser.

Later, Sun Microsystems came along and developed a new programming language named Java. Java quickly became a hot item and received an enormous amount of media and industry attention. Netscape added support for Java in Netscape Navigator 2. At the same time, Netscape decided to change the name of LiveScript to JavaScript, which earned the scripting language a little more attention thanks to its name. That’s about all the two languages have in common. Neither is related to the other, although both are supported by modern Internet browsers as a way of delivering interactive Web content.


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