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A Free JavaScript Beginner Book!

Matthew MacDonald
Dec 4, 2020 · 1 min read

Here’s something useful for any young person in your life. (Or something useful for yourself, if you’ve ever said “Explain it to me like I’m 10.”)

I’ve just released A Tiny Introduction to JavaScript, a free PDF ebook that teaches kids how to code.

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Here’s what makes this book unique:

  • It’s 100% free. (Or pay-what-you-can, if you’re in a particularly generous mood.)
  • It teaches real JavaScript code. There’s no walking zombies through a maze or edu-tainment here.
  • Each chapter is built out of tiny examples. And all the examples are in online CodePen projects. That means you don’t need to install anything. Just point your browser to the project with the problem (or the solution, if you’d prefer.)
  • It’s kinda fun. There are some… interesting characters.

Is it suitable for adults? Yes, if you really don’t know much about programming but you’re curious to get started. That’s because A Tiny Introduction to JavaScript introduces basic programming concepts (like “What’s a variable?”) at the same time as it introduces the language.

If you want to learn more about the project and why I started it, check out the Gumroad page. There’s also a (sadly not free) print edition.

Happy coding!

Matthew

Matthew MacDonald

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Teacher, coder, long-ago Microsoft MVP. Author of heavy books. Join Young Coder for a creative take on science and technology. Queries: matthew@prosetech.com

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Teacher, coder, long-ago Microsoft MVP. Author of heavy books. Join Young Coder for a creative take on science and technology. Queries: matthew@prosetech.com

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Hack. Code. Think. Stories about science, tech, and programming.

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