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The origin of JavaScript is one of the more interesting stories I’ve come across while researching this article series. And while it’s a bit of a sideshow in the context of Windows application development, JavaScript would go on to become the most popular and influential programming language in the world. It would also impact Microsoft and Windows multiple times over the ensuing 25 years, as the software giant adapted its flagship desktop OS multiple times to address JavaScript’s ongoing impact on the industry.

There are probably many good sources of JavaScript history, but I highly recommend listening to episode 124 of the JavaScript Jabber podcast, in which JavaScript inventor Brendan Eich discusses the inside story of the origin and evolution of the language. It’s a fascinating discussion.

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