JavaScript is the original and common name applied towards most flavors of a scripting language that originated on NetScape Navigator. Use this tag for questions regarding common implementations of ECMAScript, JavaScript, JScript, etc. JS does not typically refer to its ECMA-cousin, ActionScript.

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Are there any OO-principles that are practically applicable for Javascript?

Javascript is a prototype-based object oriented language but can become class-based in a variety of ways, either by: Writing the functions to be used as classes by yourself Use a nifty class system ...
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Should I bother to develop for JavaScript disabled? [duplicate]

Should I bother to develop for JavaScript disabled? I feel that my time is better spent developing for the majority.
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What is the path to JavaScript mastery? [closed]

I know how we start with JavaScript, we cut-and-paste a snippit to gain a little client-side functionality or validation. But if you follow this path in trying to implement rich interactive behavior, ...
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How important is graceful degradation of JavaScript?

Should web developers continue to spend effort progressively enhancing our web applications with JavaScript, ensuring that features gracefully degrade, thereby ensuring accessibility? Or should we ...
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Why aren't there other client-side scripting languages for websites? [closed]

Why is there just support for JavaScript and some VBScript in browsers today? I know JavaScript is good and all, but wouldn't having the option of using another programming language help promote ...
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Good resources and tools for modern, heavy JavaScript development? [closed]

I am interested in doing some projects that involve heavy use of JavaScript. Namely HTML5 based canvas games, potentially using node.js as well. I am interested in learning modern best practices, ...
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How is client-side javascript covered by the GPL?

If I used a GPL-licensed Javascript library in a web application, would I then have to offer source code of the whole site to anyone who downloaded and executed the Javascript lib?
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The importance of javascript and the best way to learn it? [duplicate]

I'm a new graduate, but I have been doing web development for about six months. When I was finishing university the server side languages (PHP, Java) were more important then client side languages. ...
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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 ...
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Mixing Angular and ASP.NET MVC/Web api?

I come from using ASP.NET MVC/Web API and now I am starting to use Angular but I am not clear on the proper way to mix them. Once I am using Angular does the MVC server side concepts still provide ...
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Is it considered bad practice to have PHP in your JavaScript

So many times on this site I see people trying to do things like this : <script type="text/javascript"> $(document).ready(function(){ $('<?php echo $divID ?>').click(funtion(){ ...
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Is there any reason not to go directly from client-side Javascript to a database?

Possible Duplicate: Writing Web “server less” applications So, let's say I'm going to build a Stack Exchange clone and I decide to use something like CouchDB as my backend store. If I use ...
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PHP, HTML, Javascript and writing good practices

I realized I have to write down a convention specification about HTML, JavaScript and PHP coding for me and my team. In web development, just like in C++, I'm definitely a fan of indentation and ...
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JavaScript's prompt, confirm and alert considered “old-fashioned” [closed]

Lately I've been developing a web-based management system for a gym. Their previous app was developed in Visual Basic. For the new app, all the front-end scripting uses jQuery, the server is running ...
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Where to master HTML, CSS and Javascript? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should a developer know before building a public web site? I gotten interested in web-development lately. I am still a student. I learnt basics of HTML, CSS and ...
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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 ...
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Inheritance vs mixins in dynamic languages?

When should you prefer inheritance patterns over mixins in dynamic languages? By mixins, I mean actual proper mixing in, as in inserting functions and data members into an object in runtime. When ...
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Why not embed styles/scripts in HTML instead of linking?

We concatenate CSS and JavaScript files to reduce the number of HTTP requests, which improves performance. The result is HTML like this: <link rel="stylesheet" ...
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Confusion about dual license (MIT/GPL) javascript for use on my website

I've read all of the posts I can find on this and I'm still not sure of the answer. I'd like to use a jQuery plugin on my website that is dual licensed under MIT and GPL. Does the dual license mean ...
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Can Javascript code be encrypted making it hard for someone to copy?

When you compile and distribute a client you are automatically protecting yourself from someone seeing and modifying your code. Can this be achieved on a Javascript client?
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How do we structure our JavaScript so that it is easily editable, testable, and can make calls to render a view without knowing specifics about it?

I am working on a web application that displays some data and uses JavaScript. Right now, we are serving up parts of our JavaScript code (to display certain types of information, that is, "Render a ...
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Should I nest functions in languages that allow me to do that or should I rather avoid it?

In JavaScript, PL/SQL and some other languages, functions can be nested, i.e. declared within another function. This could be used to break a large function into smaller pieces, but keep those pieces ...
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To MVC or not MVC, that is the question

Originally, I started off doing jQuery plugins, then moved onto Backbone.js applications, then been experimenting with MicroJS MVC modules, but these days I'm even wondering if there is any need for ...
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What do you suggest for cross platform apps, including web

I have always preferred cross platform development over most other concepts as long as I can remember. Which is one of the reason I never got into .Net. Currently, I use php/javascript/python as my ...
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Pros and Cons of Facebook's React vs. Web Components (Polymer)

What are the main benefits of Facebook's React over the upcoming Web Components spec and vice versa (or perhaps a more apples-to-apples comparison would be to Google's Polymer library)? According to ...
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Advantages of using pure JavaScript over JQuery

What are the advantages of using Javascript-only versus using JQuery-only? I have limited experience with JavaScript and JQuery coding. I've added bits and snippets of each to HTML pages but I've ...
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How do developers find the time to stay on top of latest technologies? [closed]

I was a freelance web developer until circa 2004 when I started going down the management route but have decided to try to get back into development again (specifically JavaScript and HTML5 web/mobile ...
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When not to use Google Web Toolkit? [closed]

I'm considering use of GWT on a major in-house web app development project, namely it's major advantage in my eyes is the cross-compilation to Javascript which would (at least theoretically) help my ...
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How do I get started with HTML5? [closed]

What is the recommended workflow to learn HTML5? What tools should I install? What SDK? Where to start? How to test? How to debug? What do I read? I understand that what is often labelled as "HTML5 ...
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Why are native ES6 promises slower and more memory-intensive than bluebird?

In this benchmark, the suite takes 4 times longer to complete with ES6 promises compared to Bluebird promises, and uses 3.6 times as much memory. How can a JavaScript library be so much faster and ...
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Design Patterns for Javascript [duplicate]

A lot of web frameworks have a MVC-style layout to code and approaching problems. What are some good similar paradigms for JavaScript? I'm already using a framework (jQuery) and unobtrusive js, but ...
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Pros and cons of an HTML/JavaScript only web app [closed]

I come from an ASP.NET forms background and have found server side coding very powerful in the past. More recently, however, I have been wanting to phase out the server side code of the front-end and ...
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Client-side coding: How to prevent malicious use?

Over the last few years, the trend for client-side (browser) applications has really taken off. For my latest project, I have decided to try and move with the times and write a client-side ...
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Why do people disable JavaScript?

I asked a question yesterday Should I Bother to Develop For JavaScript Disabled?. I think the consencus is: Yes, I should develop for JavaScript Disabled. Now I just want to understand why users ...
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Strategy for generating unique and secure identifiers for use in a “sometimes offline” web app

I have a web based project that allows users to work both online and offline and I'm looking for a way to generate unique ids for records on the client side. I'd like an approach that works while a ...
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Is JavaScript interpreted by design?

I am cautious of asking this question because it might appear overly fastidious. I just opened up JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, and it states of the first page of chapter 1 "JavaScript is a ...
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When should JavaScript generate HTML?

I try to generate as little HTML from JavaScript as possible. Instead, I prefer to manipulate existing markup whenever I can and only generate HTML when I need to dynamically insert an element that ...
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What benefits are there to native JavaScript development? [closed]

Given how much simpler jQuery development is, when compared to native JavaScript, what makes people forgo libraries like jQuery altogether? Is this because jQuery has limitations or it is slow? I ...
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What is a good IDE for client side JavaScript development? [closed]

I recently started learning JavaScript and am looking for a good JavaScript Editor/IDE. I found dozens of them in a Google search but I would appreciate if users who have experience with using such an ...
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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 ...
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Why is closure important for JavaScript?

C#'s lambda expression also has closures but is rarely discussed by the C# communities or books. I see far more JavaScript people and books talk about its closures than they do in the C# world. Why is ...
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How can I use my coding skills for good?

By this autumn my two small websites should be generating around a total of $1200 a month with minimal/zero input which is enough to for me to live on comfortably enough. Rather than embark on ...
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Is splitting up a function into several inner functions an anti-pattern? [duplicate]

Imagine a long and complicated process, which is started by calling function foo(). There are several consecutive steps in this process, each of them depending on result of the previous step. The ...
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Is node.js a good fit for background processing?

I'm slowly learning node.js and have a small project I want to start. The project will have a lot of background processes (downloading data from external sites, parsing CSV files, etc.). A big "win" ...
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Should I place functions that are only used in one other function, within that function?

Specifically, I'm writing in JavaScript. Let's say my primary function is Function A. If Function A makes several calls to Function B, but Function B is not used anywhere else, then should I just ...
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Is vanilla JS still considered a library?

I very recently found out that VanillaJS (document?) is a library that's just bundled with 99% browsers and isn't exactly native JavaScript (shock of my life). While writing a lib of my own I normally ...
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What should be tested in Javascript?

At work, we've just started on a heavily Javascript based application (actually using Coffeescript, but still), of which I've been implementing an automated test system using JsTestDriver and fabric. ...
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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, ...
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Multiple attribution in Python, JS, …?

I accidentally discovered this a=b=c=d=e=f=2 in python(2.7)(and JavaScript a few minutes later) interpreter . Is this a feature or just the way the interpreter works, if is a feature how it is ...
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Dollar Sign Blues: Javascript and PHP

I grew up programming C++ and Java where everything was safe and beautiful. Compilers made sure to keep me in check if I ever strayed. Of course, everyone did a little Perl in college, but I didn't ...