Learning Javascript

17 Jul 2007

I have avoided javascript for a while, but finally decided to find out a little more about it. A few videos out there made the process painless.

First, Douglas Crockford's excellent presentations. 1. Basic Javascript Part (split into 4 parts) 2. Theory of the DOM (split into 3) 3. Advanced Javascripts (split into 3)

After this, I felt I had inkling of what the language was about. Still not sure how I would write a large chunk of code with it, but it's good to know what's going on. He's got some more videos which I will try to come back to, but at this point I want to move on to apply some of this stuff.

What I really wanted was to be able to use some of these new javascript libraries like Prototype, but I did not want to start blindly using then without knowing a little about what was going on in the background.

A good introduction to those libraries is Peepcode's Prototype video. It costs money, but it's certainly worth it.