Keeping Up With JavaScript: Recommended Books and Resources

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I intend to post lots more about JavaScript, modern web development, and things I’m learning as a veteran web/software developer working in the world of professional software engineering. This will come with website updates that provide some educational resources for anyone wanting to learn how to write code.

At the top of my list is JavaScript. I can’t say for sure where would be the best place to learn JS from scratch, but I can say that it’s worth learning JavaScript like you would learn English or Spanish or any language. The same goes for python, C#, C++, Java, PHP, HTML, CSS, TypeScript, and many others… In my humble opinion. (I haven’t learned all of these, but I have learned a good amount about most of them.) If I had to pick just one language, currently, it would be JavaScript. It is the language of the web browser, but can also run hardware thanks to things like NodeJS and its gigantic, open-source community of free “packages” (modules or bundles of code for almost anything you can imagine).

For beginners, a good start may be Eloquent JavaScript, 3rd Edition: A Modern Introduction To Programming. I’ll update this post when I can dig into a good resource for starting on JavaScript as a total beginner. For now, I will focus on the developer who has learned some JavaScript in the past, but may feel confused by the language’s quirks (there are many).

One gold standard for oldschool “vanilla” JavaScript is JavaScript: The Good Parts. This book focuses on JavaScript’s previous generation of rules & regulations known as EcmaScript 5 (you’ll ultimately want to learn EcmaScript 6), but I think that helps make it a quick and effective peek into the intricate behaviors of JS.

Last but not least (for now), I just came across this brilliant online “book” of modern JavaScript standards from bguiz, including AngularJS (the legacy platform that was replaced by Angular, which is in TypeScript — a layer of C-language-style enhancements for JS).

More to come.

-Shane