That idea was very strongly held by Marc Andreessen and myself. Bill Joy at Sun was the champion of it, which was very helpful because that’s how we got the name. And we were pushing it as a little brother to Java, as a complementary language like Visual Basic was to C++ in Microsoft’s language families at the time. And it took off. We got it out in time.
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And then, of course, it was much, much later that we had things like Google Maps and Google Mail and all the other AJAX apps people know about.
Eich: There’s a general bad odor. [lingering from the browser wars and Internet Explorer's Document Object Model (DOM) being different]. The language implementation between the browsers agrees generally and pretty well compared to the library code, the so-called document object model. Other browsers' implementations tend to agree [with the DOM] because they came later and had a standards orientation.