Welcome to the Java vs. Javascript page. This page is the final product of an independent study in electronic publishing at the School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. It was designed by graduate students Jill Dybka and Leigh Shoemaker.

The World Wide Web is a relatively new media. In its initial stages, most documents on the Web were static, with only hypertext links to distinguish them from their print counterparts. Recently, web designers have begun to exploit the Web's capabilities for increasingly interactive media. Java and JavaScript are two languages that have become wildly popular for web programming applications. Both have been hyped for their portability and alleged ease of use.

Both Java and JavaScript have the same root term, "Java," a word that evokes images of caffeine-induced fury. Despite this similarity in terminology, the two languages have some very basic differences. This website explores some of these differences by offering sample applets and scripts, along with a chart that presents the main differences between the two languages. In addition, links are provided to various resources on Java, JavaScript, and Electronic Publishing.