How to get started with Javascript

Patryk Zabielski
Apr 18, 2016 · 4 min read

Hey friends, after receiving a big response to my last article, I have decided to write another one to address questions that were put forward to me repeatedly. “How did you learn Javascript? What are your resources? Can you recommend something?” so in this short article I will introduce you to some of the resources that will kickstart your Javascript adventure and few tips that I learned on the way that hopefully will help you have a head start and so you don’t repeat my mistakes..

A small disclaimer: I am not a Javascript expert. There’s still lots for me to learn. The article below outlines just one of the paths for learning Javascript.

Few things before we dive in


I don't want to overwhelm you with too many options so I will list out just the ones that will allow you to kickstart your learning, as well and provide a few different sources (offline, online, book, video — supplementary resources). I’ll also try to give you paid and free options.

If you’re not afraid of options, and would like to explore more resources I recommend checking out this curated list by Eric ElliottEssential JavaScript Links.

Still not sure where to start

As a personal recommendation — If I was starting out again, I would pick FreeCodeCamp + Javascript & jQuery by JonDuckett and supplement these two with Treehouse videos. But it’s always good to try out a few things and see what works best for you.

Best of luck and have fun!

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