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Monday, 03 February 2014 10:39

Javascript unstoppable

Written by Nick Farrell



Ecosystem being improved

The latest edition of ThoughtWorks’ Technology Radar for January 2014 said that the use of Javascript is increasing as the ecosystem around it as a serious application platform continues to evolve. 

Sam Newman, ThoughtWorks’ Global Innovation Lead wrote that JavaScript has been seen as a serious language for the last two or three years and it is being used as a serious platform. ThoughtWorks’ Technology Advisory Board moved Node.js from ‘trial’ to ‘adopt’ on the radar. Node.js' success has been that the number of people that traditionally saw themselves as client-side developers and found the world of server-side computing available to them Newman wrote.

“The other part of that is obviously that Node.js’ server technology has some interesting capabilities available to it; it can support large numbers of connections, it can spin up in a very, very short space of time unlike say Java,” he said.

The primary driver for Node.js’ success has been the fact that it is JavaScript — [offering] the ability to have the same language on the front-end and the backend systems, he added. JavaScript has emerged both as a platform for server-side code “but also a platform to host other languages.

There are still some challenges facing JavaScript. The sheer size of the install base means that it’s going to be a while before we have new language features available.

Nick Farrell

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