11/6/2009

Google offers JavaScript programming tools

Filed under: — Aviran

With a project called Closure Tools, Google plans on Thursday to start helping developers who aspire to match the company’s proficiency in creating Web sites and Web applications.

Google is a strong proponent of using JavaScript to write Web-based programs, part of its Web-centric ethos. Indeed, the company has pushed the language to its limits with services such as Gmail and Google Docs, and it developed its Chrome browser in part to enable JavaScript programs to run faster.

But writing, debugging, and optimizing heavy-duty JavaScript can be difficult–in part because a given JavaScript program sometimes works differently on different browsers. Google’s open-source Closure Tools project is an attempt to help with some of these challenges.

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