JavaScript

The JavaScript Technological Advancement

When it comes to quick web development or prototyping, JavaScript frameworks are among the most favorable. These frameworks and libraries have already reshaped the way JavaScript combines with HTML and CSS to compile views both in browsers and on native platforms.

JavaScript was a development of the Netscape 2 browser in 1995. Originally known as LiveScript, it underwent a name change for marketing purposes, in response to the attention the Java programming language was receiving at the time. It is important to understand that Java is not JavaScript: the two are entirely different languages. While Java is a fully-fledged programming language with the ability to create stand-alone programs, Javascript cannot. Today, it has found its niche in server-side solutions and embedded software, JavaScript is not a programming language. It cannot create an executable application. JavaScript has little functional use without a web page to run on.

JavaScript and it’s relevancy in the programming world cannot be over emphazied. However, it is by far the most popular technology used by full stack developers as shown below.

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Long ago, everyone learned to write JavaScript to pop up an alert box or check to see that the email address in the form contained the ‘@’ sign. Now HTML AJAX apps are so sophisticated that few people start from scratch. It’s simpler to adopt an elaborate framework and write a bit of glue code to implement your business logic.

Furthermore, the rise of TypeScript, a statically typed language that compiles to JavaScript is the latest evolution in the JavaScript Framework. This library enables use of existing JavaScript codes, incorporating JS libraries, and call TypeScript code from JavaScript.

Considering the release of Angular 2 in 2016, which came with a lot of changes that helped to completely redesign Google’s frontend JavaScript framework. It now takes advantage of JavaScript ES6’s features, applications are written in TypeScript, and they now moved towards a more component driven architecture.

Along with its release, Angular now has a more defined and regular release schedule. As they explain in this post, they intend to release three minor updates and one major update every 6 months, which means that we’re sure to see a lot more changes in this widely popular framework.

Therefore, it must be noted that selecting the adequate JavaScript framework for your business solely depends on your company’s primary objectives, project requirements, operational framework effectiveness and how it can be employed within each particular case.

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