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Welcome to our Tech 101 series, in which we answer your most burning questions about the tech basics.
Why are the names so similar then?
The overlap (and resulting confusion) is intentional.
Piggybacking off Java’s popularity was as smart business move. As another Quora user theorizes, Netscape wanted “to confuse the unwary into thinking it had something to do with Java, the buzzword of the day—and it succeeded.”
OK, but let’s say you want a little more detail on the differences between the two. Here’s a quick:
Like we said, there aren’t many. But there are a few very surface-level overlaps:
Which Should You Learn?
In the end, though, it’s hard to pick between two languages that couldn’t be more different. So if you’re really not sure, try considering your end goal and weighing the pros and cons of each.
Kit Warchol is the Head of Content for Skillcrush and writes for magazines and sites including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Girlboss, and others in her spare time. After teaching herself to code at the height of the recession (heyo, 2009), she worked as a web designer at various tech startups, then took a Senior Project Development role at the University of Southern California before diving back into writing full-time. Before joining us, she served as the Editorial Director of Career Contessa, a career advice site for women.