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Short Bytes: The Linux Foundation wants to bring the JavaScript community under one roof. It has launched the JS Foundation at the OSCON 2016. The JS Foundation is the rebranding of the Jquery Foundation and aims to develop its existing projects along with the new ones.

At the OSCON 2016 in London, the Linux Foundation announced the JS Foundation with an aim to bring the decentralized Javascript community together. JavaScript is a high-level programming language that is standardized as per the ECMAScript specification.

The JS Foundation is built upon the roots of the Jquery Foundation and features the projects of the latter along with some new additions. Kris Borchers has been appointed as the executive director of the JS Foundation. Earlier, he was playing the same role at the Jquery foundation.

The newly formed JavaScript governing entity looks after JavaScript application and server-side projects and assists them in pursuing best practices and policies. The JavaScript community lacks streamlined development of the open source technologies portfolio on which the developers rely. That’s what the rebranding is all about, to improve the inconsistencies.

“The JS Foundation aims to support a vast array of technologies that complement projects throughout the entire JavaScript ecosystem,” said Borchers.

“JavaScript is a pervasive technology, blurring the boundaries between server, client, cloud and IoT. We welcome any projects, organizations or developers looking to help bolster the JavaScript community and inspire the next wave of growth for application development.”

The founding members include IBM, Samsung, Bocoup, Ripple, Sauce Labs, Sense Tecnic, SitePen, StackPath, WebsiteSetup, and the University of Westminster. Microsoft, which recently launched the TypeScript 2.0, a scalable superset of JavaScritpt, is not a member of the JS Foundation.

A mentorship program has been brought into existence by the JS Foundation for many projects, namely, Appium, Interleger.js, JerryScript, Mocha, Moment.js, Node-RED, and webpack.

The Foundation will do collaborations with the Node.js Foundation and work with W3C, WHATWG, and ECMA TC39 to bring improvements in the open standards on which developers and web browser makers depend.

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