A 2 minute read written by
Nicolai August Hagen
In the great year of 1995, the rumours has it that the American computer scientist Brendan Eich wrote a brand new language. Just through 10 days of work! At this time back in Norway, we were still riding the wave of (finally) hosting the winter olympics in Lillehammer the year before. Sometimes I'm thinking we still are.
Just like the Norwegians, Netscape also wanted to ride the wave, the wave of the super-popular language Java.
The committee and "Not breaking the web"
But did you know that anyone can contribute by composing their own proposals to develop the language further? You can read more about this process here, or just peak at all the cool, already processed proposals over at github.com/tc39/proposals.
And. If you have the time, take a stroll down memory lane and read Eirik's article from last year's calendar on the committee work and the standard itself.
Or, if you're lucky, perhaps one of the coming calendar hatches will be written by one of the maintainers of EcmaScript? Who knows😏.
Follow the calendar!