Will the future be written entirely in JavaScript?

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No popular language may be as maligned as JavaScript. But its migration to the server side opens the possibility it may become all-pervasive

In 1995, when Netscape was looking for a new brand for its browser-embedded scripting language, the company licensed a variation of the "Java" name from Sun Microsystems. JavaScript was born, creating a mistaken impression (that of JavaScript and Java's close relation) you'll still see some newbs trip over to this day. That shared branding deal would never happen now; the executives at Oracle never watched "Sesame Street" as kids, so they don't share.

As time wore on, Java in the browser withered, and if Google hadn't rescued client-side Java with Android, it would be dead on mobile devices, too. JavaME has always been equal parts technical disaster, marketing faux pas, and dubious value proposition: You want me to pay what to embed that? Meanwhile, JavaScript, despite Microsoft's best efforts to make an incompatible mess out of it, has become the cross-platform language of choice for application developers and platform developers alike.

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