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Dart: Scalable Application Development by Ivo Balbaert, Sergey Akopkokhyants, Davy Mitchell

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History of Web scripting

The high sophistication of current web pages with animations, dynamic content, fades, 3D effects, responsive designs, and clever navigation make it easy to forget that the early web was mostly textual pages, dumb forms, and images that often took a while to load. Then, along came JavaScript, in the form of a script interpreter built into the browser, providing form data validation, news ticker moving displays, animation, and games. For small projects, it succeeded in spicing up static websites without requiring server-side CGI scripts.

Developers enjoyed the near instant edit and refresh cycle—changing a line of code and hitting F5 (refresh) in the browser to see the result. JavaScript did not stay in the browser and was ...

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