Why are the names so similar then?
The overlap (and resulting confusion) is intentional.
Piggybacking off Java’s popularity was as smart business move. As another Quora user theorizes, Netscape wanted “to confuse the unwary into thinking it had something to do with Java, the buzzword of the day—and it succeeded.”
OK, but let’s say you want a little more detail on the differences between the two. Here’s a quick:
Like we said, there aren’t many. But there are a few very surface-level overlaps:
Which Should You Learn?
In the end, though, it’s hard to pick between two languages that couldn’t be more different. So if you’re really not sure, try considering your end goal and weighing the pros and cons of each.