It’s About Time to Take JavaScript (More) Seriously

by Marco M

The rise of Web 2.0 has brought with it ever more sophisticated user interfaces and client-side browser functionality. As a result, JavaScript has become a crucial tool for both browser vendors and Web app developers. Although, JavaScript is usually done by programmers, there is an increase of very sophisticated tools that are generating client-site JavaScript, such as Google Web Toolkit. As an added bonus, GWT tries to mitigate browser incompatibilities, this being a major issue for web apps; other applications supporting JavaScript include Adobe products,

Kienle, H. M. (2010). It's about time to take JavaScript (more) seriously. IEEE Software, 27(3), 60-60-62. doi:10.1109/MS.2010.76

Open Office and Lotus Notes.  Therefore, knowing JavaScript can come in quite handy for little automation tasks. JavaScript offers a powerful mix of interesting language features based on func¬tional programming, prototyping, and mutable objects—that is, objects can change their structure at runtime.  While JavaScript may be an ugly duckling, it has a few spots where it shines. Lively Kernel’s developers believe that with more advanced JavaScript applications and more sophisticated libraries, negative perceptions of JavaScript will improve. Regardless of whether you like it, expect to see more JavaScript—or at least to execute more of it in your browser—as we move down the Web 2.0 road.

The article persuasively argues the reason JavaScript should be given more importance, particularly for web development; moreover, JavaScript has become more relevant for the applications of Web 2.0, for example a browser JavaScript support can make or break the user experience. As a result, web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Opera are implementing JavaScript heavily to provide a more interactive experience with the user.

I believe that we should become more familiar with JavaScript not only because it is good for web development, but because it is becoming more relevant in more

desktop applications already in the market, such as Adobe PDF file and very soon, Microsoft Office products. JavaScript is the “way to go “ due to its versatility and capabilities across platforms.


Kienle, H. M. (2010). It’s about time to take JavaScript (more) seriously. IEEE Software, 27(3), 60-60-62. doi:10.1109/MS.2010.76