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Teaching Yourself JavaScript

Posted 16 September 2014 - 06:33 AM

What's the best way to teach myself Javascript?

I know a good bit of Java, HTML, and CSS and would like to teach myself Javascript since it seems like a useful language. If that's too hard a question to answer at least where is a good place to start?
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Re: Teaching Yourself JavaScript

Posted 16 September 2014 - 06:36 AM

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What's the best way to teach myself Javascript?

Grab a book and work through it. Do the exercises. Play around with the examples. Write lots of code. That's really the only way to learn any language- to work with it.
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Re: Teaching Yourself JavaScript

Posted 16 September 2014 - 07:02 AM

Javascript :MDN is an important resource.
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Re: Teaching Yourself JavaScript

Posted 16 September 2014 - 09:48 AM

These are a great place to get some JS on.

javascript.info
Codecademy
Codeschool

These are just a few places I used to get my bearings on JS. We also have some great disscussions that may help, here is one on books for js. Have a search for [discussion] and look through the list for some related to Javascript.

Also if you are having trouble understanding a concept come back and start a discussion of your own, just be sure to read "What have you tried?" before you post a question or discussion.

Good luck
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Re: Teaching Yourself JavaScript

Posted 16 September 2014 - 10:28 AM

Get these books:

Javascript - The Definitive Guide - it has everything about Javascript
Javascript - The Good Parts - More raw javascript subjects.
Javascript - Design Patterns - Good to learn Design Patters

Learn Jquery framework. Very good for front-end DOM manipulation, AJAX and more. And it is very easy.

You can find good video tutorials on lynda.com , pluralsight.com and tutsplus.com.
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Re: Teaching Yourself JavaScript

Posted 16 September 2014 - 12:33 PM

An in-progress book that goes in-depth into Javascript (more for intermediate/advanced developers) : https://github.com/g...ou-Dont-Know-JS
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Re: Teaching Yourself JavaScript

Posted 16 September 2014 - 01:07 PM

Another book that is free to read online, and targeted at someone with prior programming experience, is:

Speaking Javascript

by Dr. Axel Rauschmayer.
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Re: Teaching Yourself JavaScript

Posted 17 September 2014 - 03:25 AM

I'll pin this topic as the other pinned resources link is less specific, and a bit older.

If you add a teach-yourself resource please state whether it is for a beginner or for someone with programming experience.
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Re: Teaching Yourself JavaScript

Posted 28 October 2014 - 12:47 PM

Eloquent Javascript is an excellent book that can be read online (for beginners and upwards).

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[...] the question of whether Machines Can Think [...] is about as relevant as the question of whether Submarines Can Swim.

Edsger Dijkstra, The Threats to Computing Science

It has some cool graphics as well.

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