Is There a Viable Alternative to Javascript?

The jury is still out on whether JavaScript is a good thing, or a bad thing, so in this article we’ll look at the pros, the cons, and the alternatives to JavaScript. The short answer to the title question is “no.” The long answer is more complex, and begins with, “kindof…” There are several JavaScript alternatives for developers, but (for now) they have to be transpiled into JavaScript before they’re deployed.   People Love to Hate JavaScript This is not a surprise, if we consider some obvious drawbacks of this programming language, including IEEE 754 Double Precision, the fact that a number of functions and properties tend to be executed differently across browsers, aggressive coercion, and problematic global variables (to name just a few). However, a recent survey that included 98,000 developers has revealed that JavaScript is actually the second most-loved programming language, with 49% voting in favor of it. From my point of view, what’s not to love about a programming language that allows for autocomplete, rollover, and dropdown menu effects, animating different elements on a page, and playing audio and video among many other cool features responsible for rich customer experiences? Besides, we’re talking about an evergreen language compatible with many other languages, and this versatility is extremely important.   The Good of JavaScript There’s really much to love when it comes to JavaScript, so here are some of the reasons why it’s one of the most popular and widely-used programming languages: It’s the only de-facto option when it comes to front-end development and client-side interface, as it allows programmers to create all kinds of interactive elements and dynamic web pages; JavaScript is light, has a simple syntax, and uses the Single Threaded Event Loop model which eliminates much of the programming complexity; It’s prototype-oriented; With the introduction of Node.js, JavaScript unlocked the back-end programming options once reserved only for the server-side languages such as Java, Python, or Ruby.   The Bad of JavaScript Here’s why some developers would like to avoid JavaScript as much as possible: It’s weakly typed, which makes the code comparatively obscure; Since users can see the code, JavaScript can be used for malicious purposes and compromise the client-side security; The code has to be tested on different browsers before publishing because it won’t execute in the same way on every browser; The lack of debugging makes it difficult for developers to spot a problem.   Viable Alternatives to JavaScript It would only be fair to say that there are no true alternatives to JavaScript in the sense that the entire JS framework can be circumvented. All these alternatives are actually workarounds that only allow you to avoid JavaScript when writing code, but the thing is that the code you write for a typical user computer needs to be run on it. These alternatives use the process of transpiling another language to JavaScript. Here are 5 noteworthy alternatives that significantly improved JavaScript. 1. Dart Dart is an object-oriented C-like language Google built in an attempt to replace JavaScript. Dart is statically-typed, meaning that it eliminates some of the most common error sources in JS code. It supports type inference which is a big plus. Still, one of the most beneficial features of this JS alternative lies in the fact that it allows you to go beyond client-side development and create standalone applications. With Google’s UI toolkit, it’s possible to build native web, desktop, and mobile apps. However, being new to programmers and not so frequently used in the market, Dart offers limited online resources, meaning that you can’t easily find a solution once you…

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