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A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript: The new approach that uses technology to cut your effort in half (English Edition)

A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript: The new approach that uses technology to cut your effort in half (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Myers
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I found JavaScript books so frustrating, I decided to write my own.

The authors of JavaScript books are probably some of the brightest people around. And maybe that's the problem. Maybe they don't know how to relate to those of us who may sometimes struggle to learn. My sister is a wonderful dancer. I dance like Bill Gates. She says, "C'mon, dancing is easy!" Yeah, for her, but not for Bill and me. She'll never teach me to dance until she understands that dancing isn't easy for me.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced coder doesn't matter. Plenty of veterans have told me, "I wish someone had used this approach to teach me [HTML, PHP, jQuery, C#, Ruby, Java, Python—fill in the blank]." Experienced or not, you'll probably like my book if you find other books too dense, too technical, and too unsympathetic to the learner's needs.

What you'll especially like, I think, is that the book is just the tip of the iceberg. The larger part is the abundance of interactive exercises that encourage you to practice, practice, practice. You'll agree, I think, that without practice, a coding student might as well be reading a novel.

One caveat: If you're an older programmer who has established ways of doing things, you may get bent out of shape by my insistence that you do some things that aren't habitual for you. If you think this might be a problem, please try the free sample of the book before you buy it. Then do a few of the interactive exercises. You'll soon know whether you can tolerate being pushed around by me.

Here's what's different about my book:

Testing showed that books and courses load up the reader with far too much information at a time. So I divide up the information into little chunks that won't overwhelm anyone.

A book on coding doesn't have to be written in impenetrable legalese. It can actually be human-readable. My book is.

Most people learn best through examples, so I provide plenty of them.

Most important, before you have a chance to forget what you've read in the book, I ask you to fire up your desktop or laptop (not your mobile device) and head over to my website, where you run a set of interactive exercises, practicing everything you've learned—until you're sure you've mastered it.

Readers tell me they often start the exercises thinking they know the material cold. and quickly find out they don't. The automated exercise manager keeps you at it until your overconfidence becomes real confidence—confidence that's based on your excellent performance. There are 1,750 exercises in all. They're all interactive, with an automated answer-checker that corrects your missteps and points you in the right direction when you stumble. And they're all free.

Readers tell me the combination of book and interactive exercises is involving, fun, frustration-free, addictive, confidence-building, and...well, read the reviews.

Become fluent in all the JavaScript fundamentals, with interactive practice.

  • Display alert messages to the user
  • Gather information through prompts
  • Manipulate variables
  • Build statements
  • Do math
  • Use operators
  • Concatenate text
  • Run routines based on conditions
  • Compare values
  • Work with arrays
  • Run automated routines
  • Display custom elements on the webpage
  • Generate random numbers
  • Manipulate decimals
  • Round numbers
  • Create loops
  • Use functions
  • Find the current date and time
  • Measure time intervals
  • Create a timer
  • Respond to the user's actions
  • Swap images
  • Control colors on the webpage
  • Change any element on the webpage
  • Improvise new HTML markup on the fly
  • Use the webpage DOM structure
  • Insert comments
  • Situate scripts effectively

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

A few years ago I set out to teach myself JavaScript by reading programming books. It was such a struggle that I decided I must have lost some learning ability over the years. Then it hit me... I wasn't a bad learner. The books were bad teachers! I fought my way through a dozen books, and by brute effort, learned JavaScript. But I had to design exercises for myself. Without practice, I couldn't retain anything. JavaScript, I learned, isn't that hard. The books make it hard. So I wrote a book that makes JavaScript easy. And, since exercises are the only way to make the knowledge stick, I programmed 1,750 of them for you. I'm a former lecturer in the Communications School of Boston University. I hold an A.B. from Harvard. My professional focus is on using technology to reduce the effort and tedium of learning, primarily through interactivity. I'm developing the "A Smarter Way to Learn" series on programming, a collection of instructional books paired with online interactive exercises. I run the website Along with my wife Judy and our two politically-active cats, I live in Taos, NM, where I cook under the ghostly supervision of Marcella Hazan, read extensively, play showboat frisbee once a week, and long for more episodes of "Breaking Bad."


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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Einzigartig 22. Juli 2014
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Die Kombination aus Buch und Webseite mit Beispielen ist einzigartig. Damit lernen Sie JavaScript und seine Fallen. Die üblichen JS Libraries werden nicht behandelt. Ebenso nicht die JS OO Ansätze.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Really well put together 16. Dezember 2013
Von Chandra K. Clarke - Veröffentlicht auf
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This isn't an ebook so much as it is a mini-course, and as such it is incredibly good value. Myers teaches you how to program using JavaScript, and does so in a very easy-to-follow, well-thought-out way. Each concept is carefully broken down and clearly explained in a bite-sized lesson; it is then followed up by exercises you can do in a little "sandbox" environment he provides. This learn and then do approach is very effective and helps the concepts stick. The sandboxes are handy because you can play with what you just learned immediately in a safe place.

I also appreciated his writing style in this book: he is very clear, but also quite lively, and the book is never dry. He is also politely firm in his instructions in a way that makes him sound confident of your eventual success. If you have ever wanted to learn how to program, or even if you just want to understand more of what your programmers are telling you, this is a great place to start.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Genius! 2. März 2014
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Mark Myers is a genius and his simple method could literally change the way we learn to code in the future. As someone who has done it numerous books, watched both paid and free video courses online, done the various free online tutorials and invested thousands at a programming bootcamp...I can say truthfully say that this is the most effective method I have ran across to date.

The short bite-sized snippets of information (known as chapters) are just enough where my brain can consume the info without becoming overwhelmed or shutting off. The interactive exercises that are presented at the end of each chapter then drive the principles of that chapter home but most importantly get your fingers used to typing and becoming familiar with the language and syntax. The timed exercises are also genius as it means that I now have to recall the information at a decent and comfortable speed.

Each lesson somewhat builds on principles (and cleverly integrates) what you have learned from past chapters so you never really get the chance to forget what you previously learned although there are 80-something chapters. At about half-way through the book I now find myself being able to understand and read code much more comfortably and fluently and I can't wait to see what my level will be once I finish. If you're thinking of learning how to program in JavaScript, I promise, this is the ONLY way to go.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Innovative Way to Learn Javascript 19. Dezember 2013
Von William Burbank - Veröffentlicht auf
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In creating his ebook “A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript”, Mark Myers has done something I have never seen done before in an ebook. He has created the equivalent of an interactive tool that allows him to “reach” across the Internet and give you hands-on instruction to facilitate learning JavaScript. He has accomplished this in three ways. First, he has adopted a relaxed vs. formal language in his text, giving you the impression of learning JavaScript with a friend sitting next to you at the computer, as opposed to being in a formal classroom setting with a teacher. Second, he has broken down the elements of the syllabus into small, easy-to-capture lessons that aid in learning one concept at a time. Third, he has incorporated an interactive quiz / lesson recap tool that reinforces the lesson just completed, thus cementing your learning of the JavaScript language as you progress. Closely coupled with this is the fact that this ebook amounts to a home-study course, allowing you to complete your indoctrination to JavaScript at your leisure and in an environment of your choosing. As someone whose software knowledge has been limited to use of packaged software like MS Office and the like, I was surprised to find myself learning and coding in JavaScript as I progressed through the lessons. Mark has created a truly innovative way to learn JavaScript, leading to my high recommendation of this ebook to anyone, of any age, interested in mastering this software language.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow, I can't believe you got me addicted to this. I have never experienced anything like this before when learning. 18. Februar 2014
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I have tried udemy courses as well as tuts premium courses but somehow the teachers go straight into complicated stuff I don't quite get. This ebook is the perfect book for anyone wanting to learn javascript. As a matter of fact, most of those tutorials online don't go into the simple details like this ebook does. I finally know how to splice, slice, push, pop, shift and unshift an Array. It's also hard to forget this stuff when you right away get coding on Mark's website.

As part of my learning, I'm also taking another class by Jeff Escalante, it's called "Making Kittens fly with JavaScript", I'm learning so much already because his course actually involves building a project from scratch. I tried learning javascript before from the "Eloquent Javascript" book and it was more intermediate than beginners so hopefully once I'm done with a smarter way to learn javascript and the other class I'm taking, I'll be able to finally understand the content of that book.

And for those of you who want to take their javascript knowledge to the next level, I recommend you start with THINKFUL school, it's an online school that focuses on front end and also involves doing projects from scratch in pure javascript, jquery and ajax. I'm planning to enroll once I finish this ebook, my other class, and the eloquent javascript book.

I recommend this ebook in the meantime to understand javascript better as you start getting into more advanced stuff in other courses. This book will really push you to learn the javascript fundamentals at last.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An very inventive learning tool 26. Februar 2014
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Mark Myers has created a very inventive and a productive way for the reader to learn JavaScript by using both his great book, which is based on his philosophy of short & concise chapters, that would take the readers about 10 minute to read, along with his website, that includes 20 exercises for every chapter, for the reader to repetitively learn by doing JavaScript commands. The correct answers for each exercise are clearly shown after the user has submitted their answer for each question. The top bar of the screen displays all 20 exercise numbers in green or red for correct or incorrect answered question, respectively, or in white for unanswered exercises. After finishing the last question for each chapter, his website will automatically run through all the incorrect questions again, to make sure the reader is able to answer the question correctly. I enjoy using the website hands-on approach after reading each chapter, especially since the 20 exercises use actual coding statements and no true-or-false or matching questions.

I'll update more when needed. Time to get back to Chapter 19.
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