8. Java, JavaScript, and You

The humble origin of countless computer programs.
The humble origin of countless computer programs.

I’ve seen a lot of news reports about security concerns with Java and Java-related software updates, as well as many conjunctions of the words “Java” and “danger.” I’ve also observed a huge amount of confusion over what Java is, what the potential problems are, and what the consequences of getting rid of Java might be. There’s further confusion over what a Java Runtime is; how JavaScript relates to Java (spoiler: not at all); Java downloads coming from Apple versus Java downloads coming from Oracle; and more.

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