A very, very short introduction to JavaScript

JavaScript allows you to adding programming functions to your web pages. Browsers will read the HTML and interpret the JavaScript. JavaScript can also produce dynamic effects using variables. JavaScript can also react to events, write HTML code and validate data.

The key parts of JavaScript are functions and events. Functions are mini scripts that can be executed by an event such as a timer or a user clicking on a link. Take a look at this basic script that brings up a gray dialog box saying ‘Yay! javaScript Rules!’

<script language="JavaScript">
<!--

function yay() {
alert('Yay! JavaScript rules!');
}

// -->
</script>

The java is in a standard script tag (which you will read about next) and also has comment tags around it. This hides the script from old browsers who don’t understand JavaScript.

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