Javascript’s increasing popularity and benefits{2}


The article I read this week was about Javascript and the benefits of using it. The author talks about how Javascript has become increasingly popular as the main programming language for web apps. With client side browser functionalities increasing, JavaScript has become a key factor for both browser vendors and web app developers. Browser creators such as, Mozilla and Google are giving more compiler and interpreter technology that JavaScript can use to increase its speed. This is good because web apps designed to replace desktop apps must use a lot of Javascript and at a fast speed. The author goes on to talk about how many developers can use the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) to write in Java that then can be automatically translated to Javascript to be executed. This is great for developers who are highly experienced with Java and are just learning Javascript. He goes on to talk about how many other apps use Javascript like Adobe products, Open Office, Scalable Vector Graphics, etc… The main draw backs the author mentions of Javascript is that it “lacks modularity and has no information hiding” and that it “lacks a rich set of standardized libraries.” Besides these drawbacks, Javascript is becoming increasingly popular and although its not entirely perfect, as no language is, its time to “start taking Javascript more seriously.”

I found this article very informative. I was especially excited to learn about the GWT, which I had never heard of. I believe my strength is in Java programming and since the Google Web Toolkit can basically translate Java in Javascript it can potentially help me learn Javascript better and faster.

 

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