Remember that JS is the most used programming language in the world. While it may be a lightweight language by definition, you can achieve incredible things with the versatile language.
What is a lightweight programming language?
A lightweight programming language does not use much memory, is easy to implement and port over, and has simple syntax and features. Lightweight does not refer to the language’s capability or usefulness, even though it is thrown around as a way to insult certain languages used in development.
Generally, they have simple syntax so they are easier to learn. Plus they are generally easy to implement so have a few different flavors. There are numerous other lightweight languages which include:
- Lisp and its many implementations include newLISP, PicOLisp, and uLisp
If you read forums online you will see the word lightweight also used in a derogatory fashion between programmers of different languages. However, a lightweight programming language is well-defined and doesn’t rest on the opinion of internet trolls.
Let’s explore the different elements that comprise a lightweight language and see how JavaSript lines up.
Easy of use and learning
If you are looking to learn some syntax and tackle a few JS-focused programming problems HackerRank is a good place to start once you have nailed the basics.
Lightweight languages come with fewer built-in features than their heavyweight counterparts. It makes them great for getting set up and working with the language. However, it also means they are less powerful.
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