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If you're reading this and you're not my friend Lea, that's okay too. Whoever you are, this is a very basic guide to some free resources for starting in JS, compiled by someone who cares you.
- Here is a description of what JS is on the JS site itself.
- Here's a great write-up in the MDN Docs, which will prove to be invaluable throughout your JS experience. It also includes a "Hello World" exercise to get you started. Which brings me to...
Just reading up doesn't give you a gut understanding about how to work with JS. Different people like to approach learning a new programming language in different ways. You may want to start with an online course that walks you through the basics, or you might want to jump in feet-first and Google "How to do this in JS" as you go. Here are some options.
- Sunil Sandhu's great plain-English JS Beginner's Guide is a really great primer.
- Codecademy has a course on beginning JS.
- Learn.co's curriculum on JS/the web and JS/the world are good starting points, and their repository has a ton of JS intro readme resources.
Okay, but how do I actually... do it?
node in your terminal to open up a JS console right on your computer, or run .js files using
node filepath.js. Pretty cool!
Slightly more advanced things
- Maggie Appleton's site has some wonderful illustrations and explanations about JS concepts.
- Similarly, Dan Abramov has recently started whatthefork.is for explaining JS thingies.
That's the end of the links I have for now – I might add more resources for things like working with APIs as we go, or this might become a series, as long as Lea wants to keep hearing from me!
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