At the Forge - JavaScript

Like the language or hate it, JavaScript and Ajax finally give life to the Web.

JavaScript sits at the heart of the shift toward Ajax applications on the Web, so it is an essential technology for Web developers to understand. JavaScript makes it possible to write functions that read and write the HTML returned by the server. These functions are then invoked by attaching them to predefined events. Next month, we will see how JavaScript allows us to work with stylesheets, which affect the design of a page.

Reuven M. Lerner, a longtime Web/database consultant, is a PhD candidate in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He currently lives with his wife and three children in Skokie, Illinois. You can read his Weblog at