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Microsoft® HTML5 Step by Step by Faithe Wempen

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JavaScript, Briefly

JavaScript is not Java; it bears no relation to the Java programming language, the drink, or the country. JavaScript is a programming language that is used primarily to provide additional functionality to Web pages and applications, and it’s used heavily in the “Web 2.0” paradigm of highly interactive Web sites.

While this chapter won’t show you how to build the next Microsoft Bing Maps interface, it does explore JavaScript basics, with the goal of introducing you to the language and what it can do. Be aware that this is simply an introduction; learning JavaScript to add complex functionality and building a JavaScript-based application for your Web site is beyond the scope of this chapter.

Just as HTML is codified through standards, ...

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