Mosaic was the first web browser with a graphical user interface. It was first released in 1993 and played a key role in the rapid development of the web as we know it today. The lead developers of Mosaic founded Netscape (now Mozilla) and released a more elegant browser called Netscape Navigator in 1994.
During the early years of the web, web pages were only static, with no capability for dynamic behavior and interactivity. As a result, there was an urge in the web development community at the time to eliminate this limitation. This led Netscape to the decision to add a scripting language to the Navigator browser.
The language derived its syntax from Java, its first-class functions from Scheme, and its prototype-based inheritance from Self.
Hopefully, this article has given you a good understanding of the history of the most popular programming language on the internet today.