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JavaScript programming

JavaScript, in its more modern form, is an object-based scripting programming language based on the concept of prototypes. The language is best known for its use in websites, but is also used to enable scripting access to objects embedded in other applications. It was originally developed by Brendan Eich of Netscape Communications under the name Mocha, then LiveScript, and finally renamed to JavaScript. Some are of the opinion that JavaScript has a syntax close to that of Sun MicrosystemsJava programming language. Other than its name and syntax, however, the language has more in common with the Self programming language than with Java.

The standard (as of 1999) is JavaScript 1.5, and corresponds to ECMA-262 Edition 3. ECMAScript, in simple terms, is a standardized version of JavaScript. The latest beta version of Mozilla (1.8 Beta 1) has partial support of E4X, which is a language extension dealing with XML, defined in the ECMA-357 version of ECMAScript.

1 Java, JavaScript, and JScript
2 Usage
3 Environment
4 Incompatibilities

4.1 Combating incompatibilities

5 Language element

5.1 Whitespace
5.2 Variables
5.3 Objects
5.4 Data structures
5.5 Control structures

5.6 Functions
5.7 User interaction
5.8 Events
5.9 Error handling

6 Common uses in web browsers
7 Frameworks
8 Offsprings
9 See also
10 References
11 External links

11.1 Specifications
11.2 History
11.3 Tutorials
11.4 Resources
11.5 Libraries
11.6 Cooperation with


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