JavaScript & Industry Use-Cases

Everything about JavaScript & its Industry use-cases

JavaScript is a lightweight, open-source and cross-platform programming. It is designed for creating network-centric applications. It is complementary to and integrated with Java. It is used to add interactivity to a website. Examples can be taken of games or in the behavior of responses when buttons are pressed or with data entry on forms, with dynamic styling, with animation. In essence, it can be said that javascript adds functionality or dynamic nature to a website. Its usage has now extended to mobile app development, desktop app development, and game development. There are many beneficial Javascript frameworks and libraries available:

  • Angular

Over the years, the popularity and demand for JavaScript have remained high.

Features of JavaScript

1. LightWeight Scripting Language — It is a lightweight scripting language because it is made for data handling at the browser only. It is only meant for client-side execution and that too for web applications, hence the lightweight nature of JavaScript is a great feature.

2. Validating User’s Input — It shows its importance while filling in forms as it can validate user input for errors and also saves time. If the user leaves a required field empty or the information is incorrect and also checks them before sending the data over to the server.

3. Dynamic Typing — It also provides a feature of JavaScript that supports dynamic typing which means types of the variable are defined based on the stored value.

4. Object-Oriented Programming Support — Starting from ES6, the concept of class and OOPs has been more refined. Also, features like Object Creation patterns (Encapsulation) and Code Reuse patterns (Inheritance) have given more importance.

5. Functional Style — JS uses a functional approach i.e, objects are created from the constructor functions and each constructor function represents a unique object type. Functions in JavaScript can be used as objects and can be passed to other functions too.

6. Platform Independent — It is platform-independent which means it is portable i.e, one can simply write the script once and run it anywhere and anytime or the JavaScript applications can run on any platform or any browser without affecting the output of the Script.

7. Prototype-based Language — In JavaScript, we define object prototype and then further objects can be created using this object prototype.

8. Async Processing — It enables asynchronous requests wherein a request is initiated and JavaScript doesn’t have to wait for the response, which at times blocks the request processing. Also starting from ES8, requests are processed parallelly which has a positive effect on the processing time, reducing it to a great extent.

9. More control in Browser — JavaScript provides control to the browser, being a client-side language provides many features that help developers to divide processing between browser and server hence reducing the load on servers by having basic processing, validations, temporary data saving using cookies, etc on the browser itself. It is capable of detecting the user’s browser and OS information.

Uses of JavaScript

  • Web Applications

Industry Use-Cases

Front-End

There are three main components when it comes to front-end development: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. HTML is the structure and content of the site, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) makes it look pretty, and JavaScript is what powers its interactivity. It powers the site’s general interactivity and makes it possible to build rich UI components such as image sliders, pop-ups, site navigation mega menus, form validations, tabs, accordions, and much more. Various banner ads have chat support, suggest content, have formed or offers social sharing they are powered by a 3rd party JavaScript plugin.

Facebook

Almost every website uses JavaScript, even if we try to use facebook’s website after disabling JavaScript, it wouldn’t allow us to log in, this may show the importance of JavaScript in Facebook. The dynamic aspect to its website is provided by JavaScript, even if we inspect the code, we will end up getting only JavaScript code. These multiple scripts help to render various other pages of Facebook quickly. Additionally, Facebook is the one who created React.js, the most reactive framework of JavaScript which is also used in Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

Google

Google of course uses JavaScript, whenever we start typing in the search box, it gives us suggestions. It’s all because of JavaScript. Nobody can ever imagine using the Internet without Google and the dynamic nature of Google is provided by JavaScript. Google is also the creator of one of the most popular front-end frameworks, Angular.

Back-End

Backend developers use a type of JavaScript called Node.js for backend work. The Node.js framework allows a developer to handle data updates from the front end and build scalable network applications able to process many simultaneous user requests, amongst other things. Node.js is the most popular backend framework; it is used in MERN, MEAN, and MEVN stacks.

Walmart

Walmart is one of the largest retailers across the globe, their adaptation to changing technology has always been a positive highlight for them, Initially, they used Java but to operate in a small power machine i.e, mobile phone they shifted to JavaScript and used Node.js for the backend. Walmart can serve some very sophisticated features to mobile users on the client-side using Node. It’s saving mobile shoppers a ton of time by customizing content based on device type and browser capabilities.

Mobile Applications

Mobile Applications are classified into three categories Native, WebApp, and Hybrid. The Hybrid applications can be deployed in a native container that uses a mobile WebView object. When the app is used, this object displays web content thanks to the use of web technologies (CSS, JavaScript, HTML, HTML5). It is displaying web pages from a desktop website that are adapted to a WebView display. The web content can either be displayed as soon as the app is opened or for certain parts of the app only i.e. for the purchase funnel. Many JavaScript frameworks for Mobile Apps are jQuery Mobile, React Native, NativeScript, Apache Cordova, Ionic, Titanium.

Gmail

One of the Google products is a hybrid application that is so high performance that we use it daily. The features of native and web are combined to create a hybrid app.

Instagram

Instagram is one of the most popular applications used extensively by every 14–45 years old. But due to its high performance, no one realizes that it is a hybrid mobile application. The hybrid approach allows Instagram to support the data in the offline mode and process tons of media. By the way, Facebook that bought Instagram is still Native.

Desktop Applications

Now JavaScript Developers can build Desktop applications utilizing their website knowledge and, there are various frameworks available for the same like Electron, NodeGUI, NW.js, Meteor, Proton Native, etc.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is one of the most used web browsers and, it needs to work closely with JavaScript to build the web browser. All browsers need to process and execute JavaScript efficiently, so Microsoft has developed and maintains its JavaScript engine for Edge. All the dynamic aspects and various features on the web page need JavaScript to function efficiently.

Google Chrome

All web browsers need JavaScript to function and Chrome is created using HTML, CSS, Python, C, C++, and JavaScript along with 25 different libraries. Google created its browser and that is one of the most widely used browsers because of its dynamic and reliable features.

These are some of the use-cases of javaScript.

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