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How to get a Javascript project started: JS explainer

how to get a javascript project started

Explains how to get a Javascript project started, first outlining what JavaScript is and how to start a project, which can come from various sources.  

Anyone familiar with JavaScript will know how to get a ‘JS’ project started, but for the complete beginner, JavaScript can be a daunting process to learn, but it doesn’t have to be.

What is JavaScript?

JavaScript has been the go-to web programming language tool for over 25 years, and is currently used by over 90% of all websites. Originally used as a client-side only web programming tool, it now also functions on the server-side as a web programming tool. But what does this mean? 

Originally, in 1995, JavaScript was still called LiveScript and was primarily used to check the form input of a visitor. It was developed by Netscape and later found use in all browsers.

The possibilities of this language have been expanded more and more, so that it has become a complex programming language with which almost anything is possible. JavaScript ensures that websites are built up dynamically and can adapt to the user. Complex control queries can be programmed in JavaScript and linked to databases in order to check the input of visitors. Extensive browser games are written in JavaScript that are so cleverly made that you can hardly tell them apart from the original.

What JavaScript is can best be explained using examples. JavaScripts are inserted within the HTML code of a website and are then executed by the browser. This means: As long as a browser does not execute a JavaScript, the underlying action will not take place. Usually, however, all browsers are set so that they execute every JavaScript found.

What is server-side?

The server-side of web programming refers to what happens on the server, without the user’s awareness of what is happening. With applications like Node.js, various server-side software can be created, some examples of this include developing the code for users to log in to a web application, running user names on a database to confirm they are on it, and sending out automated emails.   

What is client-side?

The client-side refers to what the user can see, in other words, the browser-side. JavaScript used on the client-side will look like a web page coming to life. It creates dynamism on a web page and makes various elements interactive, this can look like playing videos and audios, sign-up forms, animations, effects when a button is clicked on, and much more. 

HTML and CSS

To understand the interactive elements, there needs to be an understanding of HTML and CSS, which are two other foundational web programming languages that determine the way a web page will look and function. HTML, also Hypertext Markup Language, is used to create the overall structure for a webpage, for example, in the form of paragraphs, images and videos, headings, and lists, to name a few. 

CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is used to create the overall style of a web page, some examples of this will be in the form of what colors are used, the types of fonts, text format and size, background colors, width and margin size, padding, borders, positioning of text, and various other styling elements.

How to get a JavaScript project started

When JavaScript is applied to HTML and CSS elements, a web page will function as a whole, making it more user-friendly. There are hundreds of free online resources to start learning JavaScript basics, as well as online educational resources to allow users to formalize their experience as web developers and be certified. 

For the complete beginner who is not yet looking to be certified or earning a living from web development, experimentation and repetition is the recommended route to understand JavaScript. JSBeginners is an online resource with over 100 free JavaScript projects to choose from and build from scratch. It provides JavaScript programmers with beginner and intermediate level projects that they can build by themselves using the plain Vanilla JavaScript and, if needed, refer to a video tutorial for additional assistance. 

Users will learn that starting with small projects will lead to larger projects, and the smaller projects are what makes the more complex ones. To get a JavaScript project simply choose the desired one from a list of categories, a description will be provided, as well as a link to view the project live in the browser. Users can download the source codes or Git clone these into their web developing framework and get started – delete the source JavaScript file (app.js) to build the project without any help. 

Some of the projects for beginners will include the following categories, for example, adjusting background colors, image sliders, testimonials, filters, searches, calculators, checkout carts, lists, random image or quote generators, countdowns and timers, contact forms, conversion charts, notes, games and quizzes, and numerous other basic features that would be added to a website.  

A simple JavaScript project to get started with is the ‘Change Background Color Project’, which involves only 12 lines of code and will take up to 5 to 50 minutes, depending on the user’s level of understanding. This application will adjust the background color each time the button ‘Click Me!’ is clicked on.  

Summary

Visit the JSBeginners website for even more JavaScript projects to get started with or advance in. 

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