JavaScript history in a nutshell – Journey of JavaScript

history of javascript

JavaScript is a programming language for creating and controlling dynamic website content, such as anything that moves, refreshes, or otherwise changes on your screen without requiring you to reload the page manually.

Consider some of the web services you use on a daily basis and presumably take for granted, such as when your Facebook timeline instantly changes on your screen or Google offers search results based on a few letters you’ve started entering.

So lets discuss the history of JavaScript as quickly as possible.

JavaScript History

  • 1995 First release of JavaScript as a part of Netscape Navigator.
  • 1996 Release of JScript as part of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE).
  • 1997 Release of ECMAScript that tries to standardise scripting for browsers.
  • 1998 – 2003 ECMAScript 2 and 3 are released, but IE dominates the browser market with JScript.
  • 2004 – 2005 Mozilla releases firefox that changed the browser market. ECMAScript 4 is in the works, but not widely used.
  • 2003 – 2007 JQuery and many other open-source libraries appear to address cross-browser compatibility.
  • 2008 Chrome browser is released with JavaScript V8 engine that is faster than it’s competition.
  • 2008 – 2009 After historical conference in Oslo, browser vendors jointy release ECMAScript 5.
  • 2015 ECMAScript 6 is released.

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