The evolution of JavaScript

The browser wars of the late 90’s inarguably shaped the structure of the internet, with web developers facing the unenviable task of moving away from the straightforward ability to relay HTML to exploring more interactive options that work in a variety of browsers across a multitude of platforms. The challenge was, bluntly, to evolve or die, and the solution was JavaScript. The survival of Netscape’s JavaScript language and its continued evolution has allowed developers to deal with challenges such as portable browsing, increased platform ubiquity and the rise of Big Data. Here, we look at where JavaScript came from and how it has managed to survive.

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