Why did Netscape's implementation not gain traction while the node.js one seems to be far more popular?
Back in 1999/2000, I used to work at a company that used Netscape Server and SSJS. I don't know how popular it was at the time, but from first hand experience, I can tell you that almost everything about it was terrible:
Just for giggles, here's a link to the SSJS reference guide from version 1.2 . Starting on page 21, you can see all the standard functions and synchronous APIs for file objects, database queries, etc...
My company ended up switching to ColdFusion shortly thereafter and never looked back.
Wikipedia has a good list of the differences between various server-side JS solutions.
Here is a list of features for Netscape Enterprise Server - provides a good idea of what makes modern SSJS solutions much better.
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