The Strange Roots

JavaScript 📒

JavaScript, the programming language created by Brendan Eich, started life as Mocha and later LiveScript before it became JavaScript, a marketing ploy to take advantage of the popularity of Java.

"It was all within six months from May til December (1995) that it was Mocha and then LiveScript," said Eich. "And then in early December, Netscape and Sun did a license agreement and it became JavaScript. And the idea was to make it a complementary scripting language to go with Java, with the compiled language."

Sources: JavaScript creator ponders past, future - InfoWorld