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Getting Under the Hood Technologies We Use What Is Javascript?

Some folks just love to get under the hood, see what's going on in there. Others would just as soon not even know.

Getting Under the Hood

At Potlikker we don't demand or expect that you know or even care to know about all of this techno-mumbo-jumbo. But since it's our hobby, and since some clients have a real interest in the technical details, here is an attempt to catalog some of the many technologies we bring to bear to help you get what you want.

To the right is a brief run-down on the most common technologies we use. For more details, click the hyperlinked technologies and see the third column.

 

 

The following list includes some of the technologies that I've worked with:

  • HTML - The basic markup language of the web.
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CCS) - uses the 'stylesheet' concept with HTML
  • JavaScript - the basic client-side scripting language that most websites use
  • DHTML - a combination of client-side technologies that enable user-interactive display of page elements
  • PHP - a free, well-supported server-side scripting language
  • ASP - Microsoft's server-side scripting environment
  • WordPress - Potlikker has set up and maintained several sites using the WordPress blogging engine, which is built using PHP
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2007 (MOSS) and 2010 - more info coming soon

Javascript is the original client-side (working on your computer) scripting language of the web. It is the language of choice or developers who wish to validate form fields, create pop-up windows, create animated effects like image roll-overs, and any number of common scripting tasks.

Importantly, Javascript is a key partner in the combination of tools known as DHTML. Microsoft has created a scripting language called JScript that is mostly Javascript but also has some hooks into the ASP programming environment.

For a sample of Javascript functionality, scroll over the top or left-side navigational buttons on this site.

Note: "Javascript" is unrelated to the programming language called "Java;" it's an unfortunate naming choice that they're so similar.

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