Javascript in Web Development

by Robert D
The journal I read covered the basics on modern Javascript. We know that the language is a scripting language (rather than a coding language) that was developed more than a decade ago. As developers make better and better websites, Javascript has been relegated to a second-class language. It’s typically regarded as a toy, and non-essential to web site development. At best, you use it to make some cute function no one really needs.

The author argues that Javascript is going to make a comeback. He cites its flexbility, short development time, and low difficulty curve of use as reasons. He argues that while there’s not many practical applications of Javascript while there’s so many other languages to choose from, that the language is getting better through development. Its light weight allows it to be used in web development while maintaining accessibility.

So the idea is that, so long as you have an accessible and flexible language, you can make anything you need with enough creativity and support from the language’s programmers. I think this is true, but it’s hard to argue when there’s other languages that do this sort of thing already. Maybe we’ll see a return to Javascript, eventually.

Kienle, HM. “It’s About Time to Take Javascript (More) Seriously” 2010. http://0-search.proquest.com.opac.library.csupomona.edu/abicomplete/docview/215836339/134FE31672F5B2D2E77/9?accountid=10357

Taken from http://www.ivankristianto.com/web-development/programming/ajax-and-javascript-live-testing-tools/1881/

3 thoughts on “Javascript in Web Development”

  1. If Javascript has a "low difficulty curve" I'm scared to see what's next. But I guess when I think about it, and that it is lightweight, that a lot of the programming has already been programmed. That's how we are able to call upon already made functions from the library. That is always helpful and very collaborative. The thing I like about web design is that a lot of the secrets are shared already on websites encouraging people to learn and do more with their sites.

  2. I have to agree with the author, JavaScript is making a comeback. It is just going to take time, there is no such thing as a easy ride. I like the fact that its exactly like using Java but without so much of the tedious work.

  3. I wonder if it wouldn’t be better to use another scripting language that is more complex at some point because if JavaScript is so flexible for any programmer then it is for hackers as well. Hackers will find a way to do worse attacks to websites using JavaScript.

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