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    Question What did you do when you were first learning JavaScript?

    Not really a technical question, but I'm learning JavaScript right now, and I'm having problems coming up with ideas that are within my scope. I've created a couple things, such as a navigation menu and a popup login box(which I plan to add animation to), along with stepping through the examples in "Simply JavaScript." I understand the basics, but I'm having problems grasping animation, regular expressions(which I'm told is difficult at first), and a few other small things.

    So, I learn much better when I actually try to do something, and am able to troubleshoot any problems. What did you all do in the beginning? Or what would you suggest to start out with?
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    I find that whenever I am learning a new language writing a simple game (read Tetris) really lets me sink my teeth into it. Don't know where you'll use Regular Expressions in Tetris though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shpook View Post
    What did you all do in the beginning?
    I spent a lot of time crying and destroying my liver.

    But seriously, I'm in the same boat as you. I've been learning Javascript for about 6 months now. Here's two books I highly recommend:

    Javascript: The Definitive Guide- David Flanagan
    Professional Javascript for Web Developers - Nicholas Zakas

    I've read each of those books SEVERAL times and I will continue to re-read them throughout the course of 2008. I highly recommend you do the same. If you have ZERO computer science background, you will probably find it a bit of a struggle at first (I know I did), which is why you must keep re-reading the books. The books are big (The Definitive Guide is 949 readable pages), they are not light, casual reads IMO.

    Being here is also part of my plan to learn - people post up real world problems and you have the opportunity to solve those real world problems. Spend some time here, try to solve some problems - even if you don't post the solution "first" or a solution at all, it's still some practical experience trying.

    There's also another good Javascript forum over at webdeveloper.com, http://www.webdeveloper.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=3

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    Mr Moo:

    That sounds like something I could try. It's not too overly advanced, and it's just far enough beyond what I know to give me a good challenge and keep me busy for a couple weeks.


    Magenta Placenta:

    My liver is still fine, but I'm missing patches of hair now. I will definitley check out the books you suggested, although I'm awaiting a copy of "The Art and Science of Javascript."

    As for the Sitepoint forums, these forums really helped me hone my css skills, and I've always lurked in the forums and learned many new new things.
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    could just look at the source code.
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