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    Starting out in javascript

    Hi I would like to learn javascript for use in my web design, what is the best to start from, should i start learning the javascript language or learning how to use one of the javascript libraries?

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    I suggest leaning JavaScript itself first. You will not be able to work out which library is the best for you or how to best utilise it without a decent understanding of what JavaScript can and can't do first.
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    Here are some good resources for you to start:
    Good starting point, but not great cheat-cheat: www.w3schools.com/js/
    Good Cheat Sheet: www.w3schools.com/js/

    I would have to agree with Felgall, without a proper understanding of Syntax, Structure and other Basics, Libraries will create problems for you.

    A Tip:
    Download Firefox (firefox.com) when develping JS. It is equipped with one of my favorite "Error Console' that will aid with JS development and make debugging much easier. You should also look into the addon 'Firebug.' (Some, well many, editors have this functioality built in, but it's nice to see your codes functionality in a browser as you debug. Other browsers have it, but Firefox was built with this type of functionality in mind...)

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    Programming Since 1978 silver trophybronze trophy felgall's Avatar
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    The information on the W3Schools site is becoming very dated. The two guys who created that site haven't done many updates in a long time.
    Stephen J Chapman

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    Quote Originally Posted by felgall View Post
    The information on the W3Schools site is becoming very dated. The two guys who created that site haven't done many updates in a long time.
    Indeed
    mmj


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