JavaScript (called JScript by Microsoft and ECMAScript by the WC3) is an interpreted scripting languagePlanetmathPlanetmath primarily used on the Internet to perform basic input validation and to implement basic Web calculators. Other than the fact that Netscape Corporation licensed the use of the word ”Java” from Sun, that JavaScript uses Java’s C++ ( syntax and that JavaScript is deployed on the Internet, there is nothing in common between Java and JavaScript. The major modern Web browsers implement JavaScript: Netscape’s Navigator, of course, and also Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Mozilla and FireFox, Opera, etc.

The following JavaScript program takes two integers as inputs and outputs their greatest common divisorMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath using Euclid’s algorithmMathworldPlanetmath. This is intended for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher; the code is placed between script tags in the head element of the HTML page, the body element should have a form element with appropriately labelled inputs, a span of text where the script will write the results to, and a button that calls the calcGCD() function.

function calcGCD(a, b) {
  wA = a;
  wB = b;
  while ( wB > 0 ) {
    tempA = wA;
    wA = wB
    wB = tempA % wB;
  return wA;

function goGCD() {
  x = parseInt( document.forms[0].Xval.value );
  y = parseInt( document.forms[0].Yval.value );
  if ( isNaN( x ) || isNaN( y ) ) {
    alert( "Please enter integers." );
  } else {
    document.all.GCDResultLine.innerText = "The greatest common divisor of " + x + " and " + y + " is " + calcGCD(x, y);


  • 1 A. Danesh Javascript in 10 Simple Steps or Less Indianapolis: Wiley (2004)
  • 2 D. Flannagan JavaScript Pocket Reference New York: O’Reilly (1998)

.1 External links Voting Demonstration Since this voting demo is implemented in JavaScript rather than Java, the source code may be inspected using the Web browser’s View Source command. This is not the case of Diebold voting machines. se16/js/factor.htmHenry Bottomley’s Prime FactorsMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath Calculator Uses trial divisionMathworldPlanetmath to factor input integers.

Title JavaScript
Canonical name JavaScript
Date of creation 2013-03-22 16:52:13
Last modified on 2013-03-22 16:52:13
Owner PrimeFan (13766)
Last modified by PrimeFan (13766)
Numerical id 6
Author PrimeFan (13766)
Entry type Definition
Classification msc 68N15
Classification msc 03-04
Synonym JScript
Synonym ECMAScript