10 reasons the browser is becoming the universal OS

Extensible, mutable, and rapidly evolving thanks to open source roots, the Web browser reigns as a platform for users, developers alike

This is a bit of a victory for the JavaScript world because many sneered at the complicated closures and callbacks of browser programming, viewing them as convoluted and overly nested. Yet now that the results are fast, people are being more accepting. Speed and thrift have a way of winning over converts.

Is there anything left for JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to conquer? If PhoneGap colonizes the mobile world, the browser controls the desktop, then Node.js represents one last, big piece. Heck, IBM mainframes often run instances of Linux, which means they also run Node.js.

Next up for the ultimate OS: the computer in your car.

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