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Since I am interested in continuing the development of my coding abilities, I decided that the next language should be Javascript (or maybe jQuery?). Instead of researching for hours what would be the best method (book / video / website) for a beginner to learn Javascript, why not just ask people who are smarter than myself. The Twittersphere. I got some really great suggestions so far, and since a few friends asked me to share the results I thought I would just put it up here for people to view.

Have any other sources? Add them in the comments.


Brad C

March 04, 2011

I saw your tweet and was really hoping you would post the responses, thanks.

Adam Clark

March 04, 2011

If you’re more of a visual leaner, http://www.lynda.com has some good tutorial series on both JQuery and Javascript.


March 04, 2011

Also check out Javascript Koans… https://github.com/mrdavidlaing/javascript-koans “the goal of the Javascript koans is to teach you Javascript programming through testing”

You learn by fixing errors. It starts off with really simple problems and then gets harder as you progress.

Yaron Schoen

March 04, 2011

Adam thanks for the link looks interesting.

Moudy that is a really cool idea! I will check it out over the weekend.

Trent Walton

March 05, 2011

Let’s beef up our skills in this department together. I’ve been leaning on my very own Javascript Crutch for far too long now :)


March 06, 2011

How is “[removed] The Good Parts” *not* listed here?

It’s the single best way to learn the JavaScript fundamentals.

Kris Handley

March 07, 2011

Just make something, when you get stuck, google your issue. Fix your issue.

Make something else… Repeat process.


console.log();  -> this should help you troubleshoot most of your problems :)

Geert De Deckere

March 08, 2011

Some good resources listed there, some of which I didn’t know yet. Thanks.

Also check out “Eloquent JavaScript” by Marijn Haverbeke.

Mårten Björk

March 08, 2011

I recently decided to to the same thing and for a few weeks I’ve been reading “[removed] The Definitive Guide”. Sure, it’s *very* thorough, but the individual bits easy to follow and really interesting. Highly recommended.

Ben Cooper

March 09, 2011

Im in the same boat and i found that nettuts has a really good video series called javascript from null (http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/javascript-ajax/javascript-from-null-video-series/). Another good series is addy osmani’s javascript 101 (http://addyosmani.com/blog/javascript-101-free-course/)


March 09, 2011

some great resources here. I’ll definitely be adding some of these to my list. Here’s one I’ve only glanced at http://www.fincher.org/tips/Languages/javascript.shtml and let’s not forget http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp :)
@Moudy thx looks great
@Ben Cooper ditto your links!

Leon Murray

March 11, 2011

First of let me just say am really digging the updated site and the little features you’ve added. Very neat.

I’ve been searching for this sort of info to help with my very poor knowledge of the language for quite sometime. Thanks for sharing.

Jason M Blumer, CPA

March 14, 2011

I have no freakin’ clue.

Cameron Daigle

March 24, 2011

As luck would have it, our team at Hashrocket just finished up a book club series on Javascript Patterns, which turned out to be a pretty good book. You can check out the recap here.

We’ve also covered [removed] The Good Parts a while back - the videos from that are here.

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