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From a technical point of view, could JavaScript be compiled instead of interpreted?

The question title speaks for itself. I'm specifically thinking in terms of a Node.js server. Additionally, this question is assuming that you don't need eval(). Also, if this is not possible, why ...
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1answer
297 views

Why is the JavaScript-language different in different programs/sites? [closed]

I'm kind of new to programming and i have a question that's been bothering me for awhile. Why is the JavaScript-language different in different programs/sites. I've used Codecademy to practice and ...
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2answers
279 views

is JS a gradually typed language?

I was researching on statically typed and dynamically typed concepts and found out there is another type system called gradually typed. From wikipedia Gradual typing is a type system in which ...
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5answers
988 views

Is it beneficial to study past the basics of a core language when the primary goal is to rely on its framework? [closed]

Please keep in mind this is not another 'How much [insert programming language here] should I know before moving onto [insert framework here]?' What I'd like to know is how beneficial is it to learn ...
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1answer
91 views

How to make a non-english clone of CoffeeScript? [closed]

I want to make a non-english programming language that is identical to what CoffeeScript is to JavaScript. What I mean is that I don't want to build my own design or syntax. Just want to have a ...
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0answers
52 views

Using JavaScript to find the correct offset in bundled files

I am currently making multiple parsers using PEGjs and have implemented my own partial preprocessor which using a RegExp finds and replaces '#include' directives with the desired files, resulting in a ...
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3answers
408 views

Is there a web-specific reason for the design choices behind the JavaScript language?

With the advent of "the web is the platform", JavaScript is fast becoming the most widely used programming language in the world. However, many tasks that are easy to accomplish in other modern ...
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1answer
375 views

Real-World node.js [closed]

I am 14 years old, and have been studying web/app/software development. I am trying to learn a backend language, and am considering node.js. I have heard awesome things about it, plus I like that fact ...
3
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1answer
646 views

Objects of different programming languages [on hold]

Apparently, there are some resemblance between objects in JavaScript and dictionaries in Python. Each language defines an object a little different (and there is some logic that all definitions to be ...
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6answers
2k views

Web Developer and Math [duplicate]

I have just learned HTML/CSS and I practice everything I read to make it more understandable to me and I really enjoy it. My goal is to be a Modern Web Developer both front and back-end, so I won't ...
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1answer
237 views

Is the Javascript bet a loser or a winner one? [closed]

Recently I had the the sensation that the world is trying to port every existing application in HTML5. The proliferation of Javascript API meant to cover almost every programmer's need is the tangible ...
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2answers
373 views

How much inconsistency arises from Javascript's high flexibility?

I'll admit it, I haven't yet mastered the language, but my experience with it tells me that Javascript is a highly flexible language, allowing prototypal inheritance, dynamic typing, functions as ...
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1answer
293 views

“Generators are function derivatives”

I am reading this article on a new feature of ECMAscript 6, generators, that are landing in the V8 JavaScript interpreter. Not too far from the top, the author suggests an analogy: generators are ...
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2answers
321 views

What are some JavaScript selectors? [closed]

I was at an interview recently and although they knew that I was a beginner in javascript they asked me what selectors I used before? I didn't know what to say. I came back home and searched for it ...
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4answers
569 views

Could a programming language work as well without statements?

As programming in JavaScript, I've noticed everything that can be done with statements and blocks can be done with expressions alone. Can a programming language work fine with only expressions? And, ...
3
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1answer
193 views

How is the DOM language independent?

Quoting from Wikipedia The Document Object Model (DOM) is a cross-platform and language-independent convention for representing and interacting with objects in HTML, XHTML and XML documents. and ...
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4answers
2k views

What's wrong with JavaScript [closed]

There is a lot of buzz around Dart recently, often questioning Google motivations and utility of Dart as replacement for JavaScript. I was searching for rationale of creating Dart rather than ...
9
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4answers
2k views

Why is JavaScript not used for classical application development (compiled software)?

During my years of web development with JavaScript, I come to the conclusion that it's an incredible powerful language, and you can do amazing things with it. It offers a rich set of features, like: ...
2
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1answer
276 views

Is a partially familiar scripting language desirable?

Given that a program (under development) needs a scripting language, and that for various reasons it's not possible to use an off-the-shelf one as is, I'm considering basing it on the syntax and some ...
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6answers
3k views

Should I learn Javascript before Coffeescript?

I'm a reasonably experienced programmer trying to learn web developement. I'm trying to develop a client-side web application which uses svg or canvas for graphics. I've decided I'd like to write ...
4
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4answers
2k views

More Powerful language for client-side web apps: JavaScript or C#?

Concerns over Microsoft's future with Silverlight, HTML 5 and Windows 8 have led me to reconsider plans to develop a business app over the next few years in Silverlight. It can be difficult to define ...
4
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1answer
397 views

Resource to start with JavaScript quickly?

Previously, I wanted to learn Python quickly: Resource to start with Python quickly? and I was quite successful (enough to write a simplified LISP interpreter). Now I need to learn JavaScript for ...
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15answers
8k views

Why did memory-managed languages like Java, Javascript, and C# retain the `new` keyword?

The new keyword in languages like Java, Javascript, and C# creates a new instance of a class. This syntax seems to have been inherited from C++, where new is used specifically to allocate a new ...
4
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4answers
2k views

What are the basic skills a beginner JavaScript programmer should have? [closed]

In NYC, we are working on creating a collaborative community programming environment and trying to segment out software engineers into differing buckets. At present, we are trying to define: ...
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6answers
337 views

Does my JavaScript look big in this?

As programmers, you have certain curtains to hide behind with your code. With PHP all of your code is server side preprocessed, so this never see's the light of day as far as the user is concerned. If ...
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11answers
11k views

How necessary is it to learn JavaScript before jQuery? [closed]

In my opinion, when I looked at JavaScript, it looked like not my cup of tea. When I came across jQuery, I loved it. I sat and watched Nettuts+ 15 days of jQuery screencasts, 1 year later and now I'm ...
2
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2answers
325 views

What is “Simplified JavaScript”?

Douglas Crockford makes reference to Simplified JavaScript in this article about Top Down Operator Precedence. Unfortunately he only makes references to it in this article. The best explanation I ...
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12answers
3k views

How did JavaScript become popular?

In ancient history, Brendan Eich had a language design, and in today's world, JavaScript is a popular language implemented and used in many different places. What caused the language to become ...