Originally applied to mathematics, the term “isomorphic” was first popularized in relation to JavaScript development by Spike Brehm of Airbnb. Since the beginning, many developers have objected to the usage, and it’s been in the news cycle recently as the competing buzzword “universal JavaScript” has emerged (most notably in Michael Jackson’s post) as an alternative to “isomorphic JavaScript.” For simplicity, I’ll stick with the catchier word isomorphic because it was first, and also to avoid getting into the terminology wars so prevalent in tech. …

John Korly

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