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by Calvin M
JavaScript has always been seen as an “ugly duckling” of web development because of the negatives that JavaScript has. Since Web 2.0 has taken over website design, Holger Kienle believes that JavaScript well benefit web developers the most because of the complexity of most Web 2.0 websites. Since there are more web applications starting to take over desktop applications, JavaScript is used to create programs that execute faster. Web browsers JavaScript support needs to be on par with the latest developments because all the web applications developed with JavaScript will rely on these browsers. There are plenty of tools, such as Google Web Toolkit, that can translate your JAVA code into JavaScript, which allows developers to create code faster and more efficiently. Though JavaScript is always buggy, and not the best coding language, the author of this article believes that JavaScript will be a front runner in developing Web 2.0 sites.


A lot of websites now a day have very flashy interfaces. The only way to create these sites without the use of Adobe Flash, is to use JavaScript. A lot of these sites rely on If…else statements, for and while loops, and other types of conditional statements. I don’t know much about web development, and I definitely did not know that JavaScript was seen as such a bad development tool. After being introduced to JavaScript in class this week, I thought that this is an awesome tool to help create unique User Experiences for websites. I also didn’t know that Java and JavaScript are not related in language. I can see how someone new can get confused when trying to program JavaScript if all they know is Java.


Though this article is a year old, I still believe that what the writer is saying is still pretty relevant. I’ve seen a lot of websites that are created with just HTML and CSS, but they are nothing compared to the sites that use JavaScript in them as well. Though different browsers have different kinds of compatibility with JavaScript, it’s still an excellent way to add to the User Experience for your website. Hopefully, with more people using JavaScript to help create better websites, browsers will make it a priority to have better JavaScript compatibility. After reading this article, I can see why it is important to include JavaScript in my site, and makes me more willing to learn about it.


Article Used

Kienle, H. (2010). It’s about time to take javascript (more) seriously. IEEE Software, 27(3), 60-62. Retrieved from