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JavaScript JavaScript Loops, Arrays and Objects Simplify Repetitive Tasks with Loops A Closer Look at Loop Conditions

Is JavaScript a compiled language or interpreted? When I read here about hoisting it says it occurs during compilation.

Other sources say it's an interpreted language.

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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:point_right: JavaScript is an interpreted language.

However, the internal processing includes a step which is referred to as "compilation", where the code is reduced to a more compact internal representation which varies with the implementation and may not be pure machine code. In any case, unlike a complied language, this internal translation from source occurs every time the code is run.