Sunday, March 23, 2014

JavaScript is conquering the world!

Any application that can be written in JavaScript, will eventually be written in JavaScript.


Two years ago I blogged The future smells like JavaScript. Where do we stand today?

This post lists my favourite examples that demonstrate impressively the power of JavaScript.


Cloud 9: A complete IDE written in JavaScript:

It’s funny, Adam Bien talked in 2008 in his session "Designing The Boundary - Rich UI Meets Efficient Java EE Backend” about desktop- vs. web-applications. IDEs were his canonical example for desktop applications that will never be replaced by web applications. Yet here we, are looking at Cloud 9:

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And there are plenty alternatives, most noteworthy Visual Studio Online (Project Monaco) by Microsoft. But there are also codenvycode anywhere, eclipse orion and others.


Unreal Engine 4

While not yet publicly available, Epic Games and Mozilla have ported the Unreal Engine 4 to the web and it’s running nearly at native speed:

Office Replacements

Google Docs and  Microsoft Office Online are probably the most popular examples how traditional desktop applications are replaced by web applications. Another impressive one is Lucid Charts:

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Rather playful examples of the power of JavaScript are the following emulations:

JSLinux: A PC emulator in JavaScript running Linux Screen Shot 2014 03 22 at 21 42 07



Doppio: A JVM implemented in JavaScript 

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PCE.js: a Mac Plus emulator running Mac OS System 7

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  1. is a browser entirely written in JavaScript ...

  2. is an operating system kernel built on V8 JavaScript engine.

  3. The Atom Editor is written in JavaScript:

  4. Another 3D shooter: Deadtrigger 2

  5. Another impressive project:

    Interpreters for many languages running in the browser.

  6. Online HEX Editor:


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