Happy 25th Anniversary JavaScript

By December 4, 2020Announcement, Blog

At the OpenJS Foundation, we owe so much to JavaScript. With more than 97 percent of the world’s websites using JavaScript, it is the foundation for online commerce, economic growth, and innovation. 

Happy Anniversary, JavaScript!

On December 4, 1995, Netscape and Sun announced the creation of JavaScript, “an open source, cross-platform language for enterprise networks and the Internet.”  

At this year’s OpenJS World, we had the honor of hosting Allen Wirfs-Brock, an authority on JavaScript history, for a fireside chat with Alex Williams, the founder and editor in chief of The New Stack. In this talk, “Exploring the History of JavaScript,” The OpenJS World audience got a front-row seat for an intriguing conversation packed with insights from Wirfs-Brock, who was the project editor for the ECMAScript Language Specification, the international standard that defines the latest version of the JavaScript programming language. For those interested in exploring the colorful 25-year history of JavaScript, we encourage you to check out this talk. 

Today, JavaScript is the common language that brings us to work and into our amazing community each and every day, and we want to take its 25th Anniversary to say thank you and reflect on the amazing year we had.

The open source projects that are hosted with the OpenJS Foundation are the heart of what makes the Foundation. The collaboration, innovative tech, and most importantly, the amazing people are what make the OpenJS Foundation special. This year was a great year for our projects, from new releases to bringing on incubation projects. We thank all project contributors for the important work you do.

We are so thankful to our members for their continued support of the OpenJS Foundation. So far this year, we welcomed Skyscanner and Netflix as the newest members of the OpenJS Foundation.

Thank you to our Board for your time, expertise, and leadership as we continue on our mission to drive broad adoption and ongoing development of key JavaScript solutions and related technologies.

While it hasn’t been a typical year for any of us, this community never ceases to amaze when it comes to pivoting and innovating to continue on our path to grow, learn, and collaborate. For those who have experienced loss this year, we see you, and we thank you for being here.