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JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round

By ZDNet

December 7, 2020

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The programming language JavaScript emerged 25 years ago and has grown to become one of the most important pieces of the Web and browser applications we use today. 

JavaScript is the go-to language for front-end development and has spawned Microsoft's Typescript, a superset of JavaScript with a stronger optional type system for developers that compiles to JavaScript when run in the browser.

Both JavaScript and TypeScript conform to ECMAScript, the standard for JavaScript and node.js, the runtime for running applications outside of the browser thanks to Google's powerful V8 JavaScript engine.

JavaScript's impact on the Web cannot be understated. Tech giants have thrown their weight behind the language. Besides Google's V8, there are open-source projects like React from Facebook and Angular from Google, which help spread web applications across smartphones and desktop. 


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