Thursday, February 10, 2011

Usage of javascript

JavaScript has gained a lot of popularity lately, it is used in large projects such as Riak[1], CouchDB[2], PhoneGap[3]. On the popular social coding site, 18% of all code is written in JavaScript.

When starting a new project, it is nice to have a low learning curve, to attract new users. Using a language that many people already know about means you get a lot of potetial users right away.

The popularity of JavaScript in the programming community, in combination with the availability of several[4] different JavaScript virtual machines was an important influence in choosing JavaScript as the main control language for GGS.

In addition to JavaScript being a popular language, both CouchDB and Riak mentioned above use Erlang.


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