Top 25 Free JavaScript Tutorials To Improve Your JavaScript Skills

Javascript Tutorials

Front-end programming has continued to rise in 2015, and we can only foresee another huge growth phase for front-end languages in 2016. Millions of new web users are getting connected, and all of them will eventually learn about computer science, web development, and programming in particular. JavaScript has established itself as a leader in the programming language library, surpassing old-time classics like Java; some say that JavaScript is peaking, while we feel that it still has room left to rise, and dominate the programming language choices.

ECMAScript 6 is in full swing already, not a day goes by that someone doesn’t write about ES6 and what it brings to the table for new and seasoned JavaScript developers. The future of JavaScript is looking great, for both; web and software developers. Hardware and software engineering are two new areas in which JavaScript can be seen dominating, especially through the use of popular frameworks like Node.js — JavaScript is reaching new markets each moment, and many languages will find it hard to keep up, the community power behind JavaScript has outgrown many logical and rational arguments that could imply other languages being better. Analyzing something to see if it is going to be a good fit for your next job, comes down to asking yourself a few honest questions.

JavaScript as a programming language has proven to the world that it is sustainable, powerful, and reliable. Learning JavaScript has never been more intriguing, plenty of jobs both full-time and freelance, a lot of interesting projects to work on over at GitHub, a constant flow of new articles and tutorials from the JavaScript community, the languages ecosystem is ultra healthy, and super helpful when it comes down to it. We want to contribute to that community aspect by enlisting a couple dozen JavaScript tutorial articles that have been published in the last 2-3 months, assuring that the quality of articles is in alignment with the latest JavaScript tips, tricks, and of course — standards, such as the ES6.

Writing Next Generation Reusable JavaScript Modules in ECMAScript 6

Writing Next Generation Reusable JavaScript Modules in ECMAScript 6 - Smashing Magazine

Jim Cowart has been spending a lot of time trying to understand ES6, and trying to work out its most secret quirks and traits that can help developers build better, faster, and with more resilience. The article’s main intention is to help web developers old and new to build ES6 libraries that can be used within ES5 context, which means that Jim is also going to explain and show how Babel can be used to transform ES6 libraries into fully functional ES5 libraries, and the reason to do this is because web browsers are still trying to catch up with the new standard. To make the library reusable and easy to work with for other developers, Jim is focusing a lot on modules, giving a module for nearly everything, in a way that actually feels right.

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Learn how to make Data Visualizations with D3.js

Learn how to make Data Visualizations with D3.js

Data visualization couldn’t be more important in the current age of web growth, business growth through technology, and general data science purposes. And it can be so specific that sometimes only a handful of very gifted people are creating the kind of visualizations that grab the attention of some of the most well-known media sites on the planet, although not always legally. Data visualization can be helpful in visualizing simple data sets, analyzing your website for performance, diving deeper into analytics data, and much more.

Over the years, JavaScript has become a favorite amongst data scientists who wish to play with data within the browser effectively, and with accuracy. Since the release of D3.js in 2011, the library has outgrown any possible competition, and is a household name for JavaScript developers who need a complex tool for doing complex data science tasks.

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Front-end Application Libraries and Component Architectures

Front end Application Libraries and Component Architectures  Telerik Developer Network

Cody Lindley has written an opinionated JavaScript article that acts more like a tutorial in helping developers to learn how the native JavaScript components within the most popular JavaScript frameworks and libraries have all become the same. Understanding this concept makes it easier to make choices between the frameworks or libraries to work with, because suddenly you realize that it won’t be as much work to learn something new, since it will pretty much be using the same component structure as your last framework.

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React.js Best Practices for 2016

React.js Best Practices for 2016 RisingStack

React was all over the news in 2015. It’s the fastest growing JavaScript library that the community has seen in the last few years, and it is still being actively used by hundreds of thousands of developers each day. React makes it ridiculously simple to build native UI interfaces that don’t interfere with other aspects of your project that you are working, so in a sense you could use React to build your UI, or you could use React to help yourself to build a better UI, and at no point React will assume the role of a main library, and instead only function when you ask it to. While all that sounds simple, there is still a learning curve, and the CTO of RisingStack, Peter Marton, is telling as all about the best practices for React, from his own perspective.

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New to Ember? Start here! (2016 tutorial)

New to Ember- Start here! (2016 tutorial)

We have already established our opinion about Ember, it’s a modern web development framework that was the perfect fit for one of our recent articles; best JavaScript frameworks. Ember enables JavaScript developers to rapidly create modern web applications for desktop and mobile devices, without having to compromise much on what other stitched together libraries might offer. If you are new to Ember and have happened to hear about it more recently, we strongly recommend to look into this tutorial from Frank Treacy. His writing style and guidance are perfect for understanding Ember Framework deeper.

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How to Learn ES6

How to Learn ES6 -- JavaScript Scene -- Medium

In reality, many JavaScript developers knew what ES6 is, way before the standard was released. It’s the way of programming languages, standards become available as drafts for community to experiment with, before any finalizations are being made. The same goes for ECMAScript 7 or ES7, the features are already available, but everyone is waiting on the browsers to catch up, which isn’t always a smooth process. Eric Elliott compiled a handy set of articles and tips on his Medium post on how to better approach the ES6 learning process.

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Function Definitions in JavaScript

Function Definitions in JavaScript - Marius Schulz

Marius Schulz gives JavaScript devs a little bit of insight in how function definitions work in JavaScript, and how they can be approached in three different ways, especially since the release of ES6 and Arrow Functions.

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Start your own JavaScript library using webpack and ES6

Start your own JavaScript library using webpack and ES6

JavaScript libraries are tiny little JavaScript scripts (not always tiny) that help developers to extend their projects with a specific function that you would otherwise need to create separately. Some say that React.js acts as a library, where some say it is more of a framework. Whatever the case, Krasimir Tsonev is narrowing down the process of creating a JavaScript library with ES6 and the help of WebPack.

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Essential JavaScript Links

ericelliott essential javascript links Essential JavaScript website.

JavaScript wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of tens of thousands of individual programmers and developers who understand the importance of community sharing, because these very people have been the people who have created resources such as this one — a compilation of the best JavaScript links that you can find on the web, in the form of guides, tutorials, libraries, frameworks, communities, and more. Although not a tutorial per say, knowing these resources for yourself can often be helpful during the process of creating stuff, where you want to cross-reference with other resources on whether you’re doing everything right.

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7 Essential JavaScript Functions

7 Essential JavaScript Functions

David Walsh is a favorite amongst many front-end developers, a consistent developer and also a writer who isn’t afraid to share his thoughts, opinions and experiences with the front-end world. His own website is a great example of how far native development can be taken, and how beautifully it can be executed in the form of a content website. However, his post is not about design, but actually JavaScript functions; the most essential part of the language is functions, and David is giving as additional seven functions that we may have abandoned during our process of learning the language and its more important aspects.

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Google Maps Made Easy with GMaps.js

Google Maps Made Easy with GMaps.js

Every single thing on the web comes down to an element, a specific element that carries out a select feature. In the case of maps, we can use native Google Maps widget from the official Google page, or we can rely on third-party libraries that provide a tad bit more functionality than we would get out of a standalone widget. Here we have a tutorial on how to best approach GMaps.js library and make the most of building your maps.

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JavaScript Developer Survey Results

JavaScript Developer Survey Results

Surveys may not sound like tutorials at all, but in a sense they are. They are tutorials towards the community, the way the community thinks, and also what the community considers to be the best to approach the language, JavaScript, given the modern evolution of it. So yes, we recommend to use this survey as a way of learning more about JavaScript developers, what their opinions and recommendations are, and perhaps incorporate some of those insights within your own productive workflow.

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Universal React

Universal React ? 24 ways

Libraries like React have really changed the way that client-side apps are being produced. There’s a lot of benefits to this way of programming, improved performance, amongst easier accessibility, but there are also downfalls, and one of the downfalls is having to serve JavaScript content to users that don’t have JavaScript-enabled browsers, or for search engine robots that don’t really function well with JavaScript. The good news is that this problem has been recognised and it is possible to build a fully featured client-side application that can be rendered on the server. React is leading the way for making server-side and client-side JavaScript execution a reality, and Jack Franklin has published a tutorial that looks deeper into the issues, and how it can be resolved.

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How to Schedule Background Tasks in JavaScript

How to Schedule Background Tasks in JavaScript

Craig Buckler gives a concise explanation of how background tasks work in JavaScript, and how to best approach them. Craig Buckler has written thousands of articles for SitePoint, and has extensive experience in languages such as JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3 — so you can take his word to be true when he talks about such broad topics.

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Parsing RSS Feeds in JavaScript – Options

Parsing RSS Feeds in JavaScript Options . Raymond Camden

RSS Feeds make the webs published content that much more accessible. 99% of blogs today have the support for RSS feeds, making it easy for others to recieve content on regular basis through the use of feeds. Other uses for feeds include the ability to parse them, and then use the parsed data in different ways, whether for a link farm website, or for an application that needs specific sets of data from a parsed RSS feed, Raymond Camden explores this topic more and counts down the possible options for JavaScript developers who wish to use JavaScript to parse RSS feeds.

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Rotate Elements on Scroll with JavaScript

the new code - Rotate Elements on Scroll with JavaScript

Dudley Storey shares his story on how he transformed his website to be completely free from any JavaScript frameworks, and instead use Vanilla JavaScript to build an interactive web browsing experience for his readers, his latest creation has been a tutorial on how to rotate individual page elements using Vanilla JavaScript. It’s a fascinating tutorial that will open the doors to many other interactive ways of using JS in your web projects.

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How to Build a Todo App Using React, Redux, and Immutable.js

How to Build a Todo App Using React Redux and Immutable.js

React, Redux, and Immutable.js are quickly evolving JavaScript library names that are changing the way we perceive development, and also the way we build apps for all devices. Emre Guneyler gives us in this article a quick introduction on all three libraries, and how to build a single ‘todo app’ that would give you a better view of how building apps with modern frameworks and libraries go.

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5 Steps To Prepare Your Angular 1 Code To Angular 2

5 Steps To Prepare Your Angular 1 Code To Angular 2 - Oren Farhi - Thoughts On Javascript and Development

We are huge fans of Angular.js — just check out some of our best Angular.js content, such as Responsive AngularJS Website Templates, AngularJS Admin Templates, and Community Resources for Angular 2 — we are well prepared for welcoming Angular 2, and even more so with the addition of this tutorial from Oren Farhi. The coming of Angular 2 is inevitable, and if you are an active Angular.js developer right now, read this tutorial to prepare yourself for the changes to come, and prepare your code for an easy transition into a new version.

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ES6 Overview in 350 Bullet Points

bevacqua es6 star2 ES6 Overview in 350 Bullet Points

ES6 was the biggest update to a JavaScript standard in the recent couple of years, it’s a huge addition to an already solid programming language, yet this addition truly changes the way JavaScript works on the web, and the way it will continue to work as browsers begin to integrate more of the tricky features. This GitHub repository is a combination of more than 350+ bullet points that discuss a ton of different aspects of ES6, like features, and how to use those features. Also functions, and what new functions look like, with plenty of outgoing resource links to help you deepen your understanding about ES6.

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Concurrently JavaScript: a 3-part series on concurrency in JS

Concurrently JavaScript 1 getiblog

Kyle Simpson takes a moment to share his thoughts on JavaScript concurrency and asynchronicity, and how you can use those same concepts in your own development environment. Fascinating content, and much more so an in-depth tutorial that’s split in three different parts.

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The Cost of Frameworks

Aerotwist The Cost of Frameworks

Try learning how to code in JavaScript without coming across intense advice on how using a framework is going to solve all of your problems, much of JavaScript learning these days is actually based on frameworks, like React, Angular, Backbone and others. Yes, frameworks make it easy to build web and mobile apps rapidly, but what are the real costs of using frameworks, and not native (vanilla) JS? Paul Lewis depicts this by putting together concise benchmark analysis that help new (and perhaps seasoned) developers to make better choices about frameworks.

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Anatomy of a large Angular application

Anatomy of a large Angular application -- Medium

Angular is currently the leading JavaScript framework for building quick web apps. However, building extended and big Angular apps can prove to be tricky, some would say it gets to the point where you’re on the edge of becoming insane, so Kristian Poslek is taking his time to give back to the community by offering a tutorial on how to build large Angular applications without going crazy.

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Face Proximity Detection with JavaScript

Face Proximity Detection with JavaScript

Programming languages are becoming more and more intelligent, every single day. Peter Bengtsson is explaining in his tutorial as to how we can use JavaScript to build a face proximity detection engine that you can use in your apps and projects straight away.

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What Can JavaScript Do?

What Can JavaScript Do A BrightGauge Lunch and Learn Presentation

Not entirely sure of what JavaScript can actually do? David Small presents a simple but effective presentation on the things that JavaScript can actually do, and what the main purpose of this language is. Interesting read for anyone who is interested in JavaScript, a tutorial that teaches the more broader aspects of the language.

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Getting Out of JavaScript Fatigue – React Edition

Getting Out of JavaScript Fatigue React Edition

Fatigue is a productivity killer, working with something for too long can cause one to experience deep fatigue that may last for a long time, but also of course, there is the kind of fatigue that we attribute to specific frameworks, which in this case happens to be React. So, how do we get of out our fatigue towards React? Reto Schlapfer has an answer to this question, dive in.

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Resources for Learning JavaScript Online

We have explored some of the best up-to-date tutorials on JavaScript that the web has to offer, but what are you going to do with all these tutorials if you don’t have any prior knowledge in JavaScript? I guess it’s highly unlikely, since you have looked for JavaScript tutorials particularly, but chances are you want to extend your JS knowledge, or perhaps refresh it after a long time of absence. In that case, here is a very accessible list of websites and platforms that offer learning JavaScript online for free. Only the best.

  • Codecademy — a platform for grasping the fundamentals of web development, in particular JavaScript. Codecademy is one of the first sites that new and aspiring front-end developers begin their careers with. It’s fun, it’s interactive, and it does the job well.
  • Learn-JS — is a similar platform to Codecademy, with a different set of tasks and learning curves, and highly helpful after finishing Codecademy, to refine your newly learned skills and perhaps notice what you might have missed out on.
  • freeCodeCamp — a fast evolving community-based coding platform where every member of the site can participate in solving problems, challenges, and then help to push new and exciting apps for non-profits that cannot afford professional coders. It’s a win-win situation.
  • Style Guide — style guides help to build code that makes it easy for others to build upon, AirBNB released their own style guide and it quickly become the most popular JavaScript style guide you can find on GitHub, or anywhere else for that matter.

To conclude, it is very apparent that learning JavaScript shouldn’t be that big of a problem, active developers are constantly sharing their advice, insights and tutorials on how to become better, as well as how to use the language to its maximum potential. We truly hope these resources are of utmost benefit to your learning process.

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