Steve Rydz

javascript resources for beginners

I was recently asked to provide some front-end resources to the reading list we send out to new developers, and this got me to thinking what I’d recommend to someone learning JavaScript today. So, I put together a list of the path I’d recommend someone who was new to JavaScript.


I’ve always found the best way to learn is to get your hands dirty. Codecademy offers a great (free) course that will have you writing the fundamentals of JavaScript in no time.

Tryout Codecademy

eloquent javascript

This book by Marijn Haverbeke is available to read online for free. It’s great way for a beginner to take their JavaScript knowledge to the next level.

Read Eloquent JavaScript

you don’t know js

This series of books by Kyle Simpson will help you to go deeper into the language and understand more about how it works. What’s more, these are also free to read online. I’d recommend skipping ‘Up & Going’ at this stage if you’ve already looked at the previous resources, as you would have already covered this ground.

Read the You Don’t Know JS series

es6 in depth

By this stage you should have a decent understanding of JavaScript fundamentals, along with some in-depth knowledge too, but you’ll also need to think about the future. The latest version of JavaScript, also known as ES6, is moving very quickly. Thankfully Mozilla have been publishing a series of articles that delve into the latest features of the language with practical examples.

Read the ES6 in depth series

what would you recommend?

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