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Javascript

since 1995 (earliest usage recorded on this site was 1993)

JavaScript is an object-oriented scripting language used to enable programmatic access to objects within both the client application and other applications. It is primarily used in the form of client-side JavaScript, implemented as an integrated component of the web browser, allowing the development of enhanced user interfaces and dynamic websites. JavaScript is a dialect of the ECMAScript standard and is characterized as a dynamic, weakly typed, prototype-based language with first-class functions.

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ghoseb - 11 years
ranman - 11 years
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donnex - 11 years
barneyboo - 11 years
gabrielrios - 11 years
audreyr - 11 years
chrisbrett665 - 11 years
dmnd - 11 years
jonnyboris - 11 years
michaelmelanson - 11 years
alex - 11 years
lvshankar - 11 years
alexsuraci - 11 years
joemcmahon - 11 years
ellisonleao - 11 years
eykd - 11 years
collypops - 11 years
madewulf - 11 years
quakehead - 10 years
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nbprithv - 10 years
tpherndon - 10 years
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joshontheweb - 10 years
rizumu - 10 years
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skyl - 10 years
bibhas - 10 years
Bryan - 10 years
gniero - 10 years
edv4rd0 - 10 years
whosaysni - 10 years
williamcomartin - 4 years
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nullomodo - 9 years
jeffself - 9 years
jorjun - 9 years
matteo - 9 years
stevejohnson - 9 years
brucehoult - 9 years
thaostra - 9 years
brutasse - 9 years
MichaelTran - 9 years
nightfly19 - 9 years
dekz - 9 years
fisadev - 9 years
dan - 9 years
Sitwonade - 9 years
Kanru - 9 years
maxogden - 9 years
brettsky - 9 years
locks - 9 years
pydroid - 8 years
jeffszusz - 8 years
amackera - 8 years
devien - 8 years
threefjefff - 8 years
foomor - 8 years
mgill25 - 6 years
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Exposed to this before I ever used it. Didn't end up really using this until 2003.
1993–2010
I can remember when it was called LiveScript. Damn I'm old.
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This morning I used the phrase "bare-metal JavaScript" in email and then burst out laughing. jQuery makes things good. I've written a nice multiple select element progressive enhancer which is included in Apostrophe.
1994–
Incredible that I used this language in a cut-and-paste, trial-and-error fashion for over a decade before considering that maybe I should really learn how it worked. Much love to Douglas Crockford for showing the elegance of Javascript to the programming world.
1995–
Javascript is the new Lisp in the following sense: it is the most accessible introduction to Functional Programming that a programmer is likely to get outside of an academic program.
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Started using it shortly after discovering HTML and continue to dabble as necessary. Never been a power user, though.
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Since it was called LiveScript - oh, those heady days of waiting for Netscape betas to download…
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This is the first programming language that I deployed anything for the rest of the world to see. I did some crazy cool things with the status bar back in the day. :-)
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Started using her for what was then called 'DHTML' and now is just called HTML. She is all talk no action.
1996–
At first I didn't know better, and got away with more than I deserved. She grew up and turned into something entirely more lovable. We're still close friends.
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Discovered web development
1996–
I learned JavaScript, such as it was, in IE3 when I tried to convince a team to switch from VBScript. We had no idea what we were doing with JavaScript at the time...
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Used it since it appeared in Navigator, and also server-side in the Netscape server (remember that?) Only recently started to care for it, thanks to JQuery
1997–
Don't even remember when I first used JavaScript. In any case, it's been one of my most-used & -loved languages since I got into Helma ~2000.
1997–
Well, I need it all the time. jQuery, Dojo and alike made it more enjoyable
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Javascript has been a constant source of experience since I started working on the web in 1997
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1997–2013
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It makes me weep, but I keep coming back to it.
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Love-hate relationship.
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First language. Since found out a lot of things... ignorance is bliss.
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One of my favourites - incredibly powerful once fully understood
1998–
I love it. I hate it. I love it. I hate it.
1998–
Not much of a choice; if you do web work, you have to know Javascript. I started back when it was called "DHTML" and if you were doing anything serious, you pretty much had to pick your target browser first.
1998–
My usage of Javascript these days is a bit more substantive, as those early days mostly meant copying and pasting some menu script and making alterations.
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When combined with jQuery, it's pretty great.
1998–
JS has seen a great revival and will continue to step into the limelight. With Apple & Google pushing hard to make it extremely fast and node.js & capuccino et al there is a lot of potential.
1998–
Mostly have used it in short periods of high intensity. Like everyone else, I have a love/hate relationship. YUI leaned me more towards love and JQuery even more so.
1998–
Both for the web and used ECMAScript with VXML applications I was working on around 2004. Nowadays it's Prototype, YUI etc.
1998–
Heh, heh
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I started with very basic javascript (form validation anyone) during my time studying. Javascript skillls have grown slowly by surely every year since.
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Started doing Javascript when I first learned HTML as a kid. Re-discovered JS all over again in 2003-04 thanks to AJAX and the whole web2.0 phenomenon.
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Used to despise it, not understand it, now it's pretty nifty, Lisp-y, fast, and widely deployed. Thanks, whomever!
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It's the only thing out there. Still don't like it but I have to use it.
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Who doesn't use javascript?
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Like they said, unavoidable
1999–
My favorite language. Excited for it to become ubiquitous on the serer as is it is on the client with the CommonJS initiative.
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<3
1999–2010
Used it most recently for a slide show based on JQuery and for some enhancements of Rails pages. Don't use it daily.. monthly.
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I'm a web developer. I use it as needed for that purpose.
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Implemented a fricking cross-browser compatible drag-and-drop layout system in the days before Javascript debuggers.
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One day we won't need you anymore. Today is not that day.
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A beautiful, very powerful scripting language.
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Use Javascript enough to build / maintain some client form processing scripts then rarely if ever had to touch it again. Reusable code FTW! I flirt with jQuery as time permits now.
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First learned for home pages.
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2000–2005
Seemed a horribly clunky language with no relation to Java that I could see. Hated it.
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Started when I really got into real web development. Only recently (late 2009, early 2010) gotten into server-side js.
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2000–2010
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Started hacking around with it for image rollovers back in the early part of the decade. It's now a huge part of my job, and thankfully much more useful these days.
2000–2002
Used for simple DHTML to add dynamic elements to a early, hand-made blog.
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pain
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I don't know if it is fair to say I completely understood the power of javascript when I first learned it (or that I do even yet). I am constantly amazed and confused by both its elegance and warts. I love them both.
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Couldn't really remember when exactly I learn JavaScript ... I was teaching it in lectures from 2005-2009 but recently dropped it.
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Got deepest doing both client and server-side JS for JotSpot. Nice to use same language on both sides, but still an impedance mismatch.
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Honestly, I've never really learned Javascript. I generally crib just enough information from Google to limp up and down the DOM. I know it has all kinds of nifty functional features and a bright future ahead. One day I will give it its due.
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Some day they will get it right...
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Wrote some very bad Javascript in the early web dev days. I feel much more comfortable with the language as a whole these days, and love that there are frameworks to hide the ugly parts.
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In the beginning I didn't really like it. Since I discovered the object oriented nature of it I like it more and am using it extensively for RIA's.
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It took me a while to get into web development.
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Actively using both in commercial and hobby projects.
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I can't remember when I actually first used JS, but I'm sure I used it for real work in 2002. I almost like it; shame about the syntax.
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I started using JavaScript while working with ASP. Before AJAX was an acronym I wrote some heavy client-side functionality to simulate the same effect. These days, though, I usually just use jQuery for everything I can.
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Silly DHTML stuff to begin with, proper use via jQuery and deeper understanding of language today.
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Very powerful and useful for webprogrammers.
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Started out as a PIA (mainly due to the browsers) but I've recently really been loving Javascript.
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Used for DOM manipulation and hated it until I discovered jQuery. Recently learned its inheritance model and plan to test it for server side programming.
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First prototype, now jQuery.
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The web thing. Always a source of great pain, though quite useful in practice.
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jQuery and Node.js are great tools.
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2004–2010
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CoffeeScript FTW
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Used before my undergrad degree, calling it from html attributes, awful! Using JQuery now and as little as possible, consistent support it not great.
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First looked at it in 2004, never got that good with it though.
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If only that 2004 meant something, I'm still an idiot when it comes to this language.
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used some silly stuff in the beginning. Now try to only use with jquery - if Python ran embedded in the browser, would not bother
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Proud to say that my first Javascript project was to make our wedding's save-the-date page look Flash-based without Flash.
2005–
Started with prototype with Rails, then did some JQuery and I am now exploring Raphael. But guess what? This year I am going to learn the real javascript, not the frameworks. I promise
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If you are developing for web, you need to know this language
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baller
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I can manipulate the DOM with relative ease, although anything I use it for can now be done a lot cleaner with frameworks such as jQuery.
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A beautiful language.
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Buried somewhere below the layers of bad ideas is a beautiful, Scheme-like language. If written with caution and restraint, can be fun to work with.
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A good way to manipulate a web document, or even create complex web 2.0 applications. Somewhat loose rules, but quite simple. I like the jQuery framework.
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2005–2008
Took an interest in this back during my first year of programming. I never used it in browsers; rather, I used it in a JS-based game engine called Sphere.
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Javascript frameworks are the best.
2005–
I have grown much since then...
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I started using it heavily when I started with web developement. Took me a good two months to discover prototyping. Took me two years more to fully get it. I'm nowadays on decent terms with it, although I can't imagine doing a full blown application with it.
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A major goal of mine is to drastically improve my skills with this language.
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The Good Parts
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A relaly useful language to be able to use when doing any web work.
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Moving to web development track made learning it necessary.
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I've only dabbled a bit, but can usually bend it to my will.
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2006–2009
It's useful but... i need a practice !!
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First started tinkering with JS when I needed some client-side stuff in a PHP app, I've only started using it properly in the last 2-3 years.
2007–
Picked this up to contend in my university's Hackday. Been using it heavily ever since.
2007–
The language is fun, but the implementations in the browsers made it a pain to use... until I discovered JQuery. It was a breeze to learn JavaScript after using ActionScript for some months (which is basically the same language).
2007–2009
Fun stuff. Need to get back in there.
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It was always the future
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It does nothing to encourage anything but fugly code (especially with jQuery and it's ghastly nested anonymous functions) but a definite case of ends justifying the means.
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Best used with jQuery
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Love and Hate, more love than hate when you make some wonderful things
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Did a couple of Dashcode widgets in this.
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Not being a web programmer, I've only made occasional use of it. I'm much better at hacking someone else's JS than writing it from scratch.
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Used it heavily in the form of Adobe Illustrator scripting during 2007-2008. Can't say I really got into it until I started playing with OpenSocial in 2009. Then I discovered jQuery and was hooked.
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Tried to stay away from it all the time. But jQuery took me into it. It is an amazing language I've learned. Currently, the second most favourite language of mine.
2008–
using jquery more than javascript. excellent and fun to work with.
2008–
I'm building websites. How can you build a website nowadays without using JavaScript?
2008–
Is it physically possible to have websites without javascript nowadays??
2008–
I'm a mootools fan
2008–
Started to enjoy javascript after reading 'the good parts'.
2008–
Used it a bit to do light form submission and a bit of AJAX for university and work, not really a fan of it.
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I didn't know http from a hole in the wall until I started to use Django in 08.
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Sure, I used Javascript, but I never understood it until two years ago. This is only because I started using jQuery. So, no, I've never worked with raw Javascript, but this is as close as I'm going to get to it.
2008–
Just basic stuff, actually for freelances
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Didn't want to waste time with it, but kept seeing it "everywhere" on the web.
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Used it in a very old fashioned way in 2008. Began learning it properly in 2010
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2008–2011
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Just using it because I have to.
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Patiently waiting for this one to go away. Can't muster enthusiasm for it, one of those necessary evils, I guess.
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Hated it at the turn of the millenium. But you have to know it for web dev today.
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Knew loosely before start year, but did not use seriously until PhD thesis.
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I hate it, but need it for web development.
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Web development and experimentation
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Tweaked existing things before this, but didn't seriously learn the language until working at Mozilla.
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Prototype and Scriptaculous.
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I dabble
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Honestly I can't say if I "know" JavaScript or not. I think it's similar to what I've heard about Scheme in that you can just do /so/ much with it because of the way that it's structured. Even though I've found one approach that works for me I still don't understand all the different ways that you can apply it.
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Introduced to it in web development class. It's alright, I guess.
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Staple for my front end web dev work. jQuery makes it all the sweeter.
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Used it for web development. A bit meh.
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a bit strange but was able to use it effectively enough.
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Tried it out this month (July). Not that bad from what I've seen, but I'm not an expert yet. Just trying it out.
On my daily works
Javascript is my second favourite language after python. Its ubiquitious is nice to see.
ie6/7 what a pain now i write it almost everyday and what about node.js js is one of my fav langauges

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