Knowing the difference: Java vs. JavaScript

For an advanced coder, this article title may have stifled a laugh or two. However, with some many new learners breaking into the scene, it’s easy to get confused when the names of these languages are so similar.

So, what are the differences between Java and JavaScript? Let’s take a look.

The main distinction to note is that JavaScript is not a version of Java, and vice versa, despite the close similarity in name. These two, in actuality, are very different languages.

What is Java?

  • Object-oriented programming language
  • Works on multiple platforms (a standalone language)
  • Class-based

What is JavaScript?

  • Dynamic programming language (or scripted language)
  • Works with HTML and CSS to make websites and applications dynamic
  • Dynamic

Which one should is for me?

This leads us to an important cross-road. Which one should you be spending your time and effort on learning?

This largely depends on what your interests are in. If you are interested in creating desktop and Android mobile applications or if you want to learn general-purpose programming language, then Java is the way to go. However, if you more interested in the front-end side of web applications or want to build mobile applications use jQuery Mobile, Sencha, to name a few, and prefer a simple learning curve, then JavaScript should be your option.