Java vs. JavaScript

Subject: Java vs. JavaScript
From: Joe Sokohl <jsokohl -at- CAMPBELLSOFT -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 07:35:54 -0500

Just a quick reminder:

Java is not JavaScript is not Java. We as tech communicators need to
understand the difference.

From _JavaScript for the World Wide Web_ (Ted Gesing, Jeremy
Schneider: ISBN 0-201-68814-X, us$17.95):

"Java is a full-scale programming language and JavaScript is an
easy-to-use scripting language. With Java, you can create applets
which are embedded within a web page or even stand-alone applications.
By integrating JavaScript into your HTML, you can make the elements of
a web page respond to user actions."

Java programs can be either full-fledged applications that can live
totally without the need for browsers. JavaScript, on the other hand,
must reside within an HTML page and only provides client-side
processing. A Java applet is a small Java-written program that resides
within an HTML page, but performs processing within the applet.

JavaScript comes from Netscape's LiveWire scripting effort; the name
"JavaScript" primarily exists simply to take advantage of Sun
Microsystems's (public relations) success with Java. Granted, JS is an
object-oriented scripting language, but its association with Java is
loose at best.

Of course, this diatribe is just the way I perceive all this jive....

Joe Sokohl
Manager of Documentation
Campbell Software, Inc.

The opinions expressed in this mail are mine.
They don't necessarily represent Campbell Software or any of its

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