CHAPTER 1

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Getting Started

JavaScript was initially named Mocha when it was developed at Netscape in 1995 by Brendan Eich. In September 1995, beta releases of Netscape Navigator 2.0 were shipped with Mocha, which had been renamed LiveScript. By December 1995 LiveScript, after another renaming, had become JavaScript, the current name. Around that time Netscape was working closely with Sun, the company responsible for creating the Java programming language. The choice of the name JavaScript caused a lot of speculation. Many people thought that Netscape was trying to piggyback on the hot name Java, a buzzword at the time. Unfortunately, the naming ...

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