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Issue No. 03 - May/June (2010 vol. 27)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 60-62
Holger M. Kienle , Malardalen University
JavaScript is often seen as a toy language. Yet, it offers a powerful mix of interesting language features based on functional programming, prototyping, and mutable objects. Web 2.0 apps use JavaScript extensively to realize sophisticated client-side functionality. Taken this into account, it isn't surprising that JavaScript made it to the top 10 in a survey on the most popular programming languages. JavaScript's capabilities are showcased by the Lively Kernel, which is an interactive platform and web development environment that runs in a browser window. It's implemented entirely in JavaScript, demonstrating that despite its weaknesses, JavaScript can be used as a general-purpose and systems programming language.
javascript, web 2.0, web browser, software engineering

H. M. Kienle, "It's About Time to Take JavaScript (More) Seriously," in IEEE Software, vol. 27, no. , pp. 60-62, 2010.
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