[clug] Drive-By Pharming Attack Could Hit Home Networks

Sam Couter sam at couter.id.au
Mon Feb 19 11:11:46 GMT 2007

Kim Holburn <kim.holburn at gmail.com> wrote:
> I seem to remember that java was designed with security in mind but I  
> believe javascript came out of netscape as an afterthought very  
> basically based on the idea of java

Well, Netscape certainly succeeded in the "Confuse everyone with the
Java and JavaScript name thing"!

Java and JavaScript have *nothing* in common other than the name. They
were developed independantly, they have different object and execution
models, they're used to solve different problems. The syntax is only
very superficially similar, and just using braces doesn't make it a
C-like language like Java's roots.

After Oak was renamed Java and released, Netscape renamed LiveScript to
JavaScript to take advantage of the inevitable confusion. You got
suckered by the name change. Pretend they're still called Oak and
LiveScript if you have trouble keeping them separate.
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