At one time, Netscape added a little scripting language to Navigator 2, which they called LiveScript. They had high hopes for this language, but hardly anyone paid attention to it — most of the mindshare was being given to a new language called Java, which had been recently released by Sun Microsystems. At that point, if you believed some of the press reports, Java was going to cure cancer, feed the hungry, and bring about world peace. How could a new little scripting language compete against that?
With this information under your belt, you’ll be ready to start coding by the time the next column appears, which will be in about a month.