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    Re: Java Script
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2005 Apr 10, 18:38 -0600

    On Apr 10, 2005, at 2:53 PM, c roberts wrote:
    
    > Java used to be part of Windows until there was a disagreement
    > between Microsoft and SUN. Sun now provides Java as a free download.
    > There ought to be books available in any large store. The
    > installation directioms are on the same site as previously referenced.
    
    Of course JavaScript has absolutely NOTHING to do with Java!
    
    Java was done by Sun Microsystems.  It is a general purpose programming
    language that often appeals to people that liked Pascal years ago.
    Java programs (often called applets) run in Web Browsers but they must
    be compiled by a programmer first.
    
    JavaScript was done originally by Netscape, a company that eventually
    became part of AOL which became part of Time Warner.  JavaScript is a
    specialized scripting language which runs directly in web browsers.  It
    is an interpreted language.  It is functionally equivalent to Visual
    Basic Script (VBS) but runs in many more browsers and platforms than
    VBS.  (There are very few reasons to put VB Script code in your web
    pages: use JavaScript instead.)
    
    JavaScript has become standardized under the name "ECMAScript".
    JavaScript is part of Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari, etc.  Most
    web sites depend upon it a lot.
    
    If anyone has more questions about this, feel free to ask me.  I spent
    a lot of time working on these technologies when I worked at Microsoft.
    
    Hope this helps...
    
    Dan Allen
    
    
    

       
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