Is JavaScript Taking Over the World?

Programming languages continue to evolve i.e. the stack you preferred last year is not the same this year. Right?

According to the 2020 Stack Overflow Developers Survey Report, unsurprisingly, JavaScript maintained its stronghold as the most commonly used programming language.

About 67.7% of all developers respondent that JavaScript is the most popular programming language followed by HTML/CSS and SQL.

But, JavaScript continues to be the most popular language, not for 2 or 3 years but since 2013, according to Stack Overflow Developers Survey report.

Stack Overflow Popular JavaScript
YEAR%(All Respondents)
202067.7%
201967.8%
201869.8%
201761.9%
201655.4%
201554.4%
201458.9%
201356.6%
Credit: Collected from Stack Overflow Developers Report

From the above lists, a question arises – Is JavaScript taking over the world?

A big YES!

According to the survey data and its popularity, Yes! it’s not wrong to say that, JavaScript is taking over the world.

But, how and why it becomes popular?

What Makes JavaScript So Popular?

JavaScript, abbreviated as JS, was created in 1995 by Brendan Eich when he was an engineer at Netscape.

Features of JS

  • High level
  • Light Weight Scripting language
  • Just in time compilation
  • Multi-paradigm
  • Dynamic typing
  • Prototype-based
  • Object-oriented programming support

Apart from these features, here are some good reasons, I personally believe are contributed to the popularity of JavaScript:

1. Early to Market

JavaScript is the first widely supported language that runs across all browsers. If you want to show a pop-up on the screen, only JS can do that. It led to world dominance which we still see.

2. Runs on the browser

JavaScript also gained popularity because of its extreme ability to run on the browser i.e. it’s the only language that runs on the browser as well as the server.

3. Full Stack Development (Node.js)

When it comes to the web, JavaScript was always on demand and developers love to use them.

However, after the arrival of Node.js, ‘JavaScript everywhere has become the reality i.e. is presently used for full-stack development.

You must be thinking of – What is this Node.js?

Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform, back-end JavaScript runtime environment that runs on the V8 engine and executes JavaScript code outside a web browser.

4. New Features in ES6

ECMAScript 6, also known as ECMAScript 2015, is the latest version of the ECMAScript standard.

It is the first update to the language since ES5 was standardized in 2009.

Some of the new features added in ES6:

  • arrows
  • classes
  • enhanced object literals
  • template strings
  • let + const
  • iterators + for..of
  • generators
  • Unicode and many more.

5. Trending in IoT

Now Node.js is being adopted in the IoT sector. It is used in IoT projects for both the device and the server.

Why is it trending?

Simply, just because of its features, it is fast, has lots of plugins, is scalable and is good at I/O etc.

Future of JavaScript

We’ve all sorts of programming languages capable of accomplishing different tasks. And, JavaScript is one of them.

In fact, it is called ‘Programming language of the web’, and in the coming future, it will be in high demand.

I feel like JavaScript has the potential to tap into so many popular industries as of now: JS used in most popular websites.

However, the future is uncertain and mysterious. Will JS continue to take over the world in the coming decades?

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