The importance of LEARNING JavaScript

The legendary language has been overlooked by many new developers. It is so easy to learn jQuery, AngularJS, and other JavaScript libraries versus learning JavaScript itself.

JavaScript was first introduced back in 1995, (Happy 20th Birthday 😉 ) and is a high level language. It does support object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles – but it was designed as a lightweight, complimentary language targeted at nonprofessional programmers.  And it has definitely grown and established it’s own place in the professional IT world at this point.

A web site is made up of HTML, JavaScript, and CSS – that’s it.  Everything else is a layer to make it easier, more efficient to accomplish identified goals for web applications and web sites.  Often times by novelist, JavaScript gets confused as being the same as Java or comparable – they are not. I recommend adding a JavaScript book to your library, and utilizing the many JavaScript online training grounds. The beauty about JavaScript, you do not need any special compiler, IDE, or dependencies to code and deploy it – just do it!

JavaScript can be used for simple programs to perform simple tasks, are it can grow as large as you need it to, to solve more complex tasks.  A book I recommend is Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja and JavaScript: The Good Parts is a good one as well.

Here’s a quick JavaScript example:


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<h1>My First JavaScript</h1> 
    <button type="button"
onclick="document.getElementById('demo').innerHTML = Date()">
Click me to display Date and Time.</button> 
    <p id="demo"></p> 


Here’s the code in action:

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