Now that we know some of the basics of JS and have messed around some, it’s important to understand some history of the language, where it came from, and how it evolved.
Please note that this is intended to be extremely basic and simply provide a general overview for those newer to the language.
What It Is
How It Came To Be
Fast forward to 2005. This is the year AJAX was termed by Jesse James Garrett, and many technologies were born which created a resurgence in JS, as well as a shift from static sites, to the dynamic and robust user experiences we have today, such as geolocation and single page loads, Gmail being the first major implementation of this. This is also the time John Resig was working on jQuery, which was released in 2006. In December 2009 ECMAScript 5 came to be.
In June of 2015, ECMAScript 6 was released, though version 5 is the most prevalent and will need to be supported for many years to come. Future specifications are being developed, and as features are agreed upon and implemented they may become available to use, but won’t be officially released until the next version. With the renaissance of JS, the release of HTML5, and development efforts on the node platform we should expect to see releases much more frequently.
I hope you enjoyed this bonus weekend post. Sometimes it's nice to step away from the code and soak in some general knowledge.
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