“I knew after I got into Netscape Two, it would either die quickly, and Microsoft would completely replace it, or it would be around for twenty years or longer.”
“I Did Ten Days of Hard Work”
“Twenty-two years ago in May, I did ten days of hard work,” Eich began at the 2017 conference. “I didn’t sleep much. Before that, in February, I was recruited. My friends said, ‘come out to the coast, we’ll have a few laughs.”
ECMA-262 Standard in 1997
In the 1990s, Netscape (Navigator) and Microsoft (Internet Explorer) were battling to become the most popular browser. Netscape 2 needed a more accessible language for programming and gave its new employee Eich ten days to produce a lightweight scripting language.
Number One for Nine Years Running
Eich is now the CEO of Brave Software, which offers a browser and other features with a mission to protect software online. It takes an ambitious approach to “shield you from the ads, trackers, and other creepy stuff trying to follow you across the web.”
In a 2018 article by David Cassel for The New Stack, Eich joked that, ironically, JavaScipt had become a fundamental source that advertisers use for web tracking.
“So, I’m making up for it,” he said at the end of the story.
Brave Search now boasts a “private, safe, and faster browsing experience” with more than 50 monthly active users.