- It is currently still being developed by Mozilla Foundation and ECMA International.
In short, it is a high-level multi-paradigm computer programming language that is most commonly used to create interactive features within web browsers. It was originally developed by Brendan Eich at the request of Netscape for their new browser. It changed the way the public saw the internet and gave web designers the ability to make creative web page designs.
- Creator (person)
- Brendan Eich
- Original Price
- Operating System
- Windows, macOS, etc.
- Developed By (company)
- Brendan Eich, Netscape, Mozilla foundation
It is used in every modern web browser as one of the backbones for website design and server management.
There is also the option of an integrated development environment (IDE). IDE’s are a combination of the most commonly needed development tools into one interface. Typically, they include a source code editor, local build automation, and a debugger. These tools help programmers to quickly address syntax and coding errors. Assessing code written in plain text can be difficult as there is no indication where errors may be coming from. IDEs aren’t the end-all of problem-solving, but they can help speed it along. They are also free to download and sometimes hosted on websites.
There are only three tools you will need:
- A computer of any kind (Laptop, Desktop, Tablet, Phone, etc)
- Internet Access
Internet access can be substituted with a decent book on the topic, but online forums and websites are widely available and cheaper options. Online forums often contain conversations that discuss coding problems and solutions that you may experience. The online community can also help to clarify programming definitions such as the different operators and when to use them.
ES2 and ES3
ECMAScript 2 (ES2) was released in 1998 and ECMAScript 3 (ES3) were mainly editorial changes to go along with new web browser releases. ES3 also added regular expressions, try/catch, switch, and do-while.
After a long break in developments caused by the major success of the ES5 revisions, ECMAScript 6 was released in 2015. Six years of experience had created a list of demands to be filled over the following years. ES6 started the strong development push by adding let and const, default parameter values, and by increasing array features with Array.find() and Array.findIndex().
2016, 2017, and 2018
The next three years saw ES6 grow with further features releases. In 2016, the exponential operator (**) and Array.includes() were added. 2017 saw the addition of string padding, Object.entries(), Object.values(), async functions, and shared memory. The last additions were in 2018 as rest /spread properties, asynchronous iteration, Promise.finally(), and more features were given to RegExp.
Development is still ongoing. While the last feature release was in 2018, further additions are not out of the question.