Welcome to the JavaScript Section


While Java and JavaScript may appear to be similar in some ways, they are very different. Java is a full programming language, while Javascript is an INTERPRETED language. This means that Java can run on its own, and needs a special compiler, while Javascript must exist inside an HTML document and be interpreted by a browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer.


Java is programming language similar to C++. Generally you see Java in the form of APPLETS that run on webpages, but this is a very small part of what Java can do! In fact, Java was originally developed as a programming language to create things like word processors, calculators, car computers, and other software-based applications. Part of the goal of the Java language was to create a language that could be used by multiple platforms, such as Windows, Linux and others. However, in the process of developing this language, programmers found that Java was well-suited to the Internet because of the wide variety of platforms that exist on the Internet (UNIX, Windows, Macintosh, Next, OS2, etc.)

Java is based on C++, the most popular programming language used by software developers. Taking what was considered to be the best elements of C++, Java was developed. Like C++, it is an Object-Oriented language. Java is a compiled language, which means that a compiler is needed to convert the source code (the human commands used in the language) to machine language so the computer can understand it.


JavaScript is not any part of Java, but rather is a language that is used to enhance HTML and make webpages more client-based and client-controlled, thereby taking the pressure off of Internet Servers. JavaScript can do almost everything that a Java Applet can do on a web page. It is an Object-Based language, which means that it uses many of the concepts of Object-Oriented programming, but it's not completely Object-Oriented.

JavaScript gives the programmer more control over the Browser environment than does Java.
JavaScript is an interpreted language. It is transfered to the client?s browser in text form and executed by the browser.

Please use the table below to assist you in finding the information you may need!

Browser Detect Cross-Browser Javascript How to Borrow Javascript Intro To Javascript Programming Where to Put Javascript
Using Variables in Javascript Using Functions in Javascript Using If Statements Javascript Loops Coding Guidelines
Stings in Javascript Using Arrays Javascript Date Object Window Controls Javascript Frames
Javascript Forms Browser Detection Tutorials Beginner's Guide Cut and Paste Scripts
Free Scripts I Free Scripts II Free Scripts III Useful Links Internet Section

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