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The JavaScript Programming Language by John David Dionisio, Ray Toal

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chapter 1

Introduction

Rather than introducing you to JavaScript, this chapter takes the approach of initiating you into it. After briefly discussing why JavaScript is worth learning, we jump immediately into writing and running a variety of real JavaScript programs.

1.1 Why JavaScript?

JavaScript, which is one of many programming languages that are in use today, is primarily known as the technology that allows web pages to become “dynamic” or “interactive.” Every programming language comes with its own merits, distinguishing features, fans, and detractors, all of which contribute to some rationale for why that language would be worthwhile to learn. In JavaScript's case, the language is worth learning for these reasons:

 

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