A Brief Origin Story of JavaScript

So for those of you who don’t know..

Here’s a short history on the brief origin story of JavaScript. It’s story time!


The JavaScript Story:

In 1995, JavaScript was written in just 10 days by a man with the name of: Brendan Eich.

At the time, Brendan Eich was 34 years old, and he wrote JavaScript with Netscape. It was supposed to be a scripting language for use with the company’s flagship web browser, Netscape Navigator.

Initially called LiveScript, it was the first programming language for the browser that allowed programs to run in the browser. There were many security and performance issues, but developers did not have a choice if they wanted to run programs in the web browser at the time.

Eventually with some time, more browsers started to add JavaScript support, and JavaScript became the first programming language for the web browser.

The story continues in June 1997, the first JavaScript language Standard was proposed as ECMAScript 1. After exactly 1 year later, ECMAScript 2 was released which contained some minor changes. 18 months later in December 1999, ECMAScript 3 was released, introducing lots of features were added such as regular expressions, try/catch exception handling, formatting, and more.

In 2008, the open-source Google Chrome V8 JavaScript engine was created, which revolutionized JavaScript, because now it was possible to build sophisticated browser applications that competed with desktop and mobile applications. It was at this point that there was a lot more opportunity brewing in the JavaScript community, and we would be able to start seeing more advanced applications.

Soon after the V8 engine release, Ryan Dahl released the open-source cross-platform environment called Node.js. This allowed JavaScript to run outside of the browser (which drastically increased popularity of the language).

Today, JavaScript is used in many modern web applications and websites as well as servers. The JavaScript community is one of the most active developer communities, and continues to see new libraries and frameworks release every week. It has come a long way from it’s original origins, but it is likely far from done evolving as well!


This is only a short story about the origin of JavaScript, so if you’re looking to learn more, I recommend finding out for yourself (as it is indeed a good story if you love the language).

Want to learn more about the origins? You can find more information here to read about it on W3Schools.

I also have some posts about the weird parts of JavaScript. If you are trying to learn more about the depths of the language, you can start there.

Make sure you comment your first programming language below!