Questions tagged [javascript]

JavaScript (not to be confused with Java) is a high-level, dynamic, multi-paradigm, weakly-typed language used for both client-side and server-side scripting. Use this tag for questions regarding common implementations of ECMAScript, JavaScript, JScript, etc. JS does not typically refer to its ECMA-cousin, ActionScript.

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Can desktop applications be written using javascript?

Is it currently possible to write desktop applications using javascript, html, css? Possible solutions: Use Adobe AIR runtime and program in js. But no, if I'm using AIR, the AS3 suites it the most. ...
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Ashamed to admit using jQuery? [closed]

Something I've noticed over the past few weeks is how many big commercial websites use jQuery combined with lots of plugins - but don't admit it. They will rename the main library to something obscure,...
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What is "Simplified JavaScript"?

Douglas Crockford makes reference to Simplified JavaScript in this article about Top Down Operator Precedence. Unfortunately he only makes references to it in this article. The best explanation I ...
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Why don't browsers have the ability to differentiate between events triggered via input devices and scripts ex: element.onEvent()?

Why don't browsers have the ability to differentiate between events triggered via input devices and scripts ex: element.onEvent()? Wouldn't this be a very simple way counter attack web spam bots? Or ...
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Alternative methods for maintaining JavaScript source

I'm looking for other options for maintaining my personal JavaScript namespace. The problem I'm having boils down code Organization Vs. Performance. I would simply LOVE to be able to separate major ...
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Where to master HTML, CSS and Javascript? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should a developer know before building a public web site? I gotten interested in web-development lately. I am still a student. I learnt basics of HTML, CSS and ...
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Common mistakes with javascript arithmetic [closed]

I've ran into several oddities using javascripts floating point arithmetic, but I can never recall them off the top of my head! What are some common mistakes when using JavaScript to do math?
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How did JavaScript become popular?

In ancient history, Brendan Eich had a language design, and in today's world, JavaScript is a popular language implemented and used in many different places. What caused the language to become ...
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Can I test effectively javascript functions with a PHP unit-testing framework?

If I want to unit-test some of my javascript functions, would it be more efficient (and doable) to use the already installed PHP unit-testing framework, or should I use a javascript unit-testing ...
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Would a statically typed alternative to JavaScript on webpages be practical?

Preference for dynamic and static typing is largely a matter of taste, and different people find them more or less suitable in different situations. My question is, would it be technically possible ...
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Why do people disable JavaScript?

I asked a question yesterday Should I Bother to Develop For JavaScript Disabled?. I think the consencus is: Yes, I should develop for JavaScript Disabled. Now I just want to understand why users ...
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Should I bother to develop for JavaScript disabled? [duplicate]

Should I bother to develop for JavaScript disabled? I feel that my time is better spent developing for the majority.
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Best IDE for HTML, CSS, and Javascript for mac [closed]

I'm currently looking to move to using an IDE for web development. The options I'm considering are: Aptana Studio Coda Expresso Please base your answers on the following criteria, in descending ...
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Long Keywords like `function` and `namespace`

In many English-based programming languages like C++ and JavaScript, there exist long keywords like function, namespace, exception (in OCaml languages) and such. Do you think shorter keywords like ...
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Which Java based web ui framework to use? [closed]

Wicket Click GWT Vaadin As I understand them, these frameworks all enable gui components to be created using java (with all its benefits) without having to do lots of html/javascript. As well as ...
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Design Patterns for Javascript [duplicate]

A lot of web frameworks have a MVC-style layout to code and approaching problems. What are some good similar paradigms for JavaScript? I'm already using a framework (jQuery) and unobtrusive js, but ...
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How important is graceful degradation of JavaScript?

Should web developers continue to spend effort progressively enhancing our web applications with JavaScript, ensuring that features gracefully degrade, thereby ensuring accessibility? Or should we ...
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What is the path to JavaScript mastery? [closed]

I know how we start with JavaScript, we cut-and-paste a snippit to gain a little client-side functionality or validation. But if you follow this path in trying to implement rich interactive behavior, ...
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What are you thoughts on GWT? [closed]

Since I'm learning Java in this period and I just finished with the tutorials I think I'm ready to start contributing to a project (since I know from experience this is the best way to really learn). ...
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Dev approaches to complex JavaScript UI's [closed]

I am trying to understand the landscape of different approaches, and best practices, around the development of complex client-side JavaScript. I'm not sure what to label this class of application, ...
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How do I get started with HTML5? [closed]

What is the recommended workflow to learn HTML5? What tools should I install? What SDK? Where to start? How to test? How to debug? What do I read? I understand that what is often labelled as "HTML5 ...
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JavaScript for a non-programmer [closed]

2 years ago I starded learning AS3 in order to get hired at a web design company. A few months later, I ditched it, because I discovered that I'm better at design; so now I'm a web designer. Recently,...
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When am I ready to start using Jquery for Javascript? [closed]

I was told not to use Jquery as a beginner because it would hamper my learning of Javascript. Now I've read a couple books on Javascript, read loads of sites, and made a Javascript web app. Am I ...
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PHP, HTML, Javascript and writing good practices

I realized I have to write down a convention specification about HTML, JavaScript and PHP coding for me and my team. In web development, just like in C++, I'm definitely a fan of indentation and ...
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Has anyone used Sproutcore?

Has anyone used Sproutcore for a web application? If so, can you give me a description of your experience? I am currently considering it, but I have a few concerns. First, the documentation is bad/...
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Should I worry about 'Javascript piracy'?

If I write a client-side Javascript app (with a little bit of server interaction), how can I prevent people from copying the Javascript files to their own site? Should I, at all?
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