JS is one of the most popular programming languages in the world right now and it has been used on multiple platforms. Created in 1995, JS has come a long way. Traditionally being just a web scripting language JS had nothing much to offer than client-side programming and what do I mean by that? JS previously was just used to program on a webpage for stuff like animating, act according to events on browser etc but it is much more than that now. JS is more versatile, JS can handle tasks pretty well and it has large developer community. So why should you really learn JS?
- Easy to learn
JS syntax: if-else condition (left) & different loops (right)
Almost everything required to learn or implement JS is free. You can get text editors for free, libraries for free, frameworks for free etc. Also, you are going to get a lot of learning contents on youtube, codeacademy, w3schools, freecodecamp etc for free. Seems like it is not difficult to start with right?
4. Large developers community.
JS is widely popular among developers (especially full stack/front end). On a survey done among 64 thousand developers all around the world, stack overflow concluded that JS was the most popular and widely used full stack web development technology. You can get answers to your queries quicker than ever. In stack overflow, one question about JS is asked every 3 seconds. So that gives a clear idea about its popularity.
Stack Overflow Survey Results
5. Runs everywhere.
Traditionally, JS was meant to run on a web browser only but after the introduction of node.js to the world in 2009 and it changed a lot of things. JS would then start to run on a web server as well. So not just for client-side programming, JS would now also be used for server-side programming.
6. Frameworks and Libraries.
Top 5 JS frameworks