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JavaScript Alternatives

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ยทMay 5, 2023ยท

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Table of contents

  • TypeScript:
  • Dart:
  • CoffeeScript:
  • Kotlin:
  • Python:
  • VB Script:
  • JScript
  • LiveScript

While JavaScript is a popular and widely-used programming language, there are several alternatives available. Here are some of the most common alternatives to JavaScript:

  1. TypeScript:

    TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript that adds optional static typing and other features to the language. It is designed to improve the scalability and maintainability of JavaScript code. TypeScript is becoming increasingly popular, especially for larger projects and enterprise applications.

    Documentation: https://www.typescriptlang.org/

    Latest Version: 5.0 (5.1 Beta)

  2. Dart:

    Dart is a programming language developed by Google that can be used to build web applications, mobile applications, and server-side applications. Dart compiles to JavaScript, allowing it to run in all modern web browsers.

    Documentation: https://dart.dev/

    Latest Version: 2.19 + 3.0 alpha

  3. CoffeeScript:

    CoffeeScript is a programming language that compiles to JavaScript. It is designed to improve the readability and maintainability of JavaScript code by providing a more concise and streamlined syntax.

    Documentation: https://coffeescript.org/

    Latest Version: 2.7.0

  4. Kotlin:

    Kotlin is a programming language developed by JetBrains that can be used to build web applications, mobile applications, and server-side applications. Kotlin can be compiled to JavaScript, allowing it to run in all modern web browsers.

    Documentation: https://kotlinlang.org/

    Latest Version: 1.8.21

  5. Python:

    While Python is primarily used for server-side scripting, it can also be used for client-side scripting with libraries such as Brython and Skulpt. These libraries allow Python code to be run directly in the browser.

    Documentation: https://www.python.org/

    Latest Version: 3.11.3

  6. VB Script:

    VBScript is a scripting language developed by Microsoft that was used in Internet Explorer from version 3.0 to 11.0. It was similar to JavaScript in syntax and functionality, but was only supported in Internet Explorer.

    Documentation: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/lwef/using-vbscript

  7. JScript

    JScript is a scripting language developed by Microsoft that was used in Internet Explorer from version 3.0 to 11.0. It was a variant of JavaScript that included some additional features and syntax that were specific to Microsoft's implementation.

    Documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/api/microsoft.jscript?view=netframework-4.8.1

  8. LiveScript

    LiveScript is a programming language developed by Netscape that was used in Netscape Navigator 2.0 and 3.0. It was later renamed to JavaScript for marketing purposes.

    Documentation: https://livescript.net/

While these alternatives have their own unique features and benefits, JavaScript remains the most widely used programming language for web development, and its popularity is only expected to continue growing in the future.

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