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comment How did JavaScript become popular?
@ToddMoses I went to argue, but some research showed you are right: AJAX made Javascript mainstream again, inspired by Gmail (2004) and google maps (2005). However (and this also relates to the above question) javascript never really went away: Actionscript (used in Flash) appeared from about 2000 and is basically the same language. During the Browser War Years, Flash/Actionscript was being used for the same things that Javascript/AJAX is the go-to-technology for now. I took my Javascript skills to Actionscript in 2000, and brought them back to Javascript in 2008 :-)