That helped me get my name out a bit more at the company I was at, but my Java friend who helped me get the job told me something I will remember to this day:
There is also an old saying: some people know just enough to be dangerous.
I've never entirely understood why some people seem to take that as a bad thing.
But it might just enough to make someone comfortable.
Maybe a little dangerous.
So for this first post, I'm going to focus on a single question:
And instead of trying to answer that in a single question, I will do it like I used to write FAQ's - in the style of a conversation.
So let's start again.
It's an object oriented scripting language.
Great. What's a scripting language?
And what does object oriented mean?
Don't worry about that now, we'll get to it later. Just remember it is a way to organize how code is being run.
So it requires a browser?
Why the name change?
So it has nothing to do with Java?
Strongly typed what?
Again, don't worry about that just yet. Just remember that they approach how to determine the value of something very differently.
It just runs in a browser?
That sounds terrible.
It was. Kinda still is. It also pretty much kept me employed for several years helping sort out the whole thing for companies, so I have somewhat mixed feelings about the whole thing.
When you start combining all of this together, you get a language which is highly useful in many different scenarios. For instance, this blog is using a version of ghost - a blogging platform written in Node.js.
That's enough information for now. The next post will take two things:
How to install node.js and make it say hello
See you then.