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Begin Learning JavaScript in 3 Steps

Hello all!  I hope this post finds you well and in a learning mood.

JavaScript is one of those programming languages that many people have a basic understanding of what it does, but do not know how to use it.

In reality, JavaScript is not a super difficult concept to learn and it can be a great way to enhance your website, blog, or webpage.  So here’s 3 basic steps to learning how to use JavaScript.

 

1. Learn the Syntax

Learning the syntax of JavaScript is the absolute fundamentals to understanding the language.  The syntax is the “rules”  that define the structured JavaScript program (many people call this code or language as well).  The syntax, when formatted correctly, may look something like this:

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This is just an outline of the basic syntax, but the code ultimately becomes more complicated as you learn and look to expand your usage.  While the syntax may look completely foreign at first, there are many helpful resources that can be used to learn it:

Basic JavaScript

Codecademy

Learn JS

2. Learn Terms & Reserved Words

Learning terms is crucial to being able to grow in you JavaScript knowledge.  Not only will knowing terms make you a better student, it will also allow you to sound more intelligent and confident as you talk about what you have learned.

To help you know which terms to learn, I have pasted a few links below that go over them in detail.  These links are great resources, and I used them in my own path to learning JavaScript:

Reserved Words

MDN Web Docs

Tech Terms

3. Practice Skills

They difference between “knowing” something and “understanding” something is also the difference between observing and doing.  Once you have developed a basic knowledge of JavaScript, you must practice this knowledge and learn how to use it and create from scratch.  A great way to do this is through online interactive programs such as Codecademy or Learn JS.  Another great way is to experiment with JavaScript on your own site or blog.  Simply “getting your hands dirty” and doing it yourself will help you to gain a better understanding and mastery over your newly learned skills.

 

 

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