Learning Javascript I

This is the first of a series of posts on my goal to learn Javascript this year. I think it’ll be a good experience because it accommodates Object Orientated and Functional programming in a single language.

It’s ubiquitous at the minute and can be used for development across the entire stack.

Functional programming is a relatively new concept to me and it’s not going to go away anytime soon. It’s bleeding into every major active OO language.

First up were the free browser based tutorials on CodeAcademy. These are good for anyone looking to have the basics of the language spelt out.

Second was understanding Closures – this is a great article on that from the excellently titled JavascriptIsSexy.com. Closures are a new concept to me and one that’s got it’s foundations in FP.

Third is reading Expert Javascipt – the opening paragraph sums it up perfectly.

My assertion is this: just as a person can speak a language without the ability to read or write it, so too can developers use the fundamental features of JavaScript and yet be blissfully unaware of their complexities.

Learning Javascript I