- Why is it unique?
- What it can’t do?
- Where can we use it?
Before the mid-1990s, the majority of the web pages were static, and HTML was the primary language that developed these static web applications. In 1995, Netscape released “Mosaic Netscape.” Which, in turn, was the competitor of the first browser ever launched by the National Center of Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) known as “NCSA Mosaic.” With the fast-growing web world at that time, Netscape Communications realized the importance of adaptability.
Lets understood, what changed after its introduction with the help of the following image:
It allows a developer to implement sophisticated features on web pages, e.g., updating content dynamically, showing interactive maps, displaying animated 2D/3D graphics, scrolling videos, etc. These days, it is the third layer of the layer cake of standard web technologies, two of which are HTML and CSS.
- No environment setup: It doesn’t require any environment setup as it’s execution happens within the browser, and browsers have widespread availability. All the major browsers across all platforms support it.
- Wide adoption: Being a lightweight, fast, and cross-platform language, its adoption has now extended to Mobile, Desktop, and Gaming applications.
- Clients: Almost all tech giants like Google, Facebook, Alibaba, Microsoft, etc. use it.
- Usage: It is the most popular scripting language used in the industry as per StackOverflow’s Annual Survey of 2019.
- Community: It has a broad and matured community support.
- No Multithreading: One can’t use it for the development of multithreading applications.
Where can we use it?
- Notifications: Onet can be used to show customized pop-ups, messages to users.
- Dynamic Data Loading: JS helps us to load backend data dynamically with the help of Ajax libraries. Consequently, it provides a great experience to end-users.
- Server-side Applications: With the help of JS frameworks such as NodeJS, user can develop server-side applications
- In addition to this, it develops client-side applications in web, mobile, desktop, and gaming domains.