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Mert Amcaoglu
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Mert is an expert in Java & JavaScript throughout Belgium, hosting Eurostaff Connect Belgium MeetUps which now has an online presence near to 100 professionals. Our MeetUps in Belgium allow Mert to ensure he knows as much as possible about the software development market, network and provide opportunites to clients to be keynote speakers. His main specilaist focus is to fully understand the clients job role expectations and match the best suited professional to the role specification given.  

'Recently, I had the opportunity to work with Mert. In short it was a excellent experience working with Mert, anyone looking for a professional in IT consultancy, I would highly recommend Mert & Eurostaff's services' Dragos Craciun, ETL Lead at ING Romania.

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Our Java & JavaScript Specialist Mert Amcaoglu places professionals all over Belgium into roles specialising in open source programming. He discusses in depth the evolution of JavaScript throughout Europe.

JavaScript is arguably one of the biggest and most important programming languages in the world and thanks to the rise of the internet over the past 20 years, the object-orientated language has reached unprecedented levels of popularity amongst developers. Today, JavaScript is a necessity for any project that renders within a browser and Stack Overflow’s 2016 developer survey indicated that it is the most popular programming language in the world. The results showed that over 55% of all developers said they are more likely to use the language and it has maintained a commanding lead since 2014.

While JavaScript is now an essential language for both front and back-end developers, it had a much humbler beginning. Originally called Mocha, it was created in 1995 by Brenden Eich of Netscape in just 5 days.

The original goal was to put the Scheme programming language into a browser. However, one requirement from his superiors meant the language should resemble the syntax of Java and the result created a hybrid that has much of the functionality of Scheme while opting for a similar syntax to Java.

By the end of 1995, Mocha was renamed JavaScript and was marketed as a scripting companion for Java, accessible to everyone who needed to perform small scripting tasks. However, JavaScript did have its problems. After the initial excitement, its reputation was tarnished with stereotypes of cut-and-pasted code used to create annoying pop-ups and low quality effects.

Despite this, the programming language has grown in popularity as it is relatively easy to grasp. Over the past 10 years, JavaScript managed to leave its negative reputation behind as it provided an innovative solution for web development.

The language helped revolutionise the web by allowing users to run scripts in a browser, meaning that anyone with a smartphone can run JavaScript applications. Nowadays thanks to Node.js, JavaScript can even be run server-side.

Thanks to its acceptance and easy access for developers and non-developers alike, the language has been able to evolve from an internal code developed at Netscape to an essential development tool across the US, Europe and the rest of the world.

Alongside this the JavaScript community evolved. This means support is easy to find, as professionals all over the world post to websites such as GitHub and Stack Overflow. Code libraries all over the web have also been a driving force for JavaScript, as well-tested solutions to many common problems are created and shared every day.

JavaScript has cemented itself as a core element of World Wide Web content production and is now an essential programming language that is taught to and practised by almost everyone who wants to pursue a career in development.

On Thursday 21, September, Eurostaff will be hosting another meetup in partnership with Hackages to discuss in detail why JavaScript is the most popular development language. For more information on the event at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Brussels or to learn how you can attend, check out our Meetup page.

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