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Once upon a time, in the early days of the internet, web pages were static and lifeless. They were like books that could be read but not interacted with. However, one man saw the potential for something more, something dynamic, something that would transform the web into a living, breathing platform.
His name was Brendan Eich, and he worked for Netscape Communications Corporation(now Mozilla Firefox). In 1995, Netscape was developing a web browser called Netscape Navigator, which was one of the first web browsers available to the public. Eich was tasked with creating a scripting language that would allow developers to add functionality to web pages.
But he had a problem. He only had ten days to complete the task. Undaunted, Eich rolled up his sleeves and got to work. He based the language on a simpler version of another programming language called Scheme, and in just ten days, he created a new language that would change the web forever.
"It was a marketing ploy," Eich later said. "It was all about the buzzwords at the time. Java was hot, and we wanted to piggyback on its success."