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Issue No.03 - May/June (2010 vol.27)
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
Holger M. Kienle, "It's About Time to Take JavaScript (More) Seriously", IEEE Software, vol.27, no. 3, pp. 60-62, May/June 2010, doi:10.1109/MS.2010.76
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