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Old December 9th, 2009, 03:32 PM
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Hey....
I'm enrolled in a web database development program. So far, I've gone through HTML & CSS and understood it quite readily and found it very interesting and fun to play around with.
Now....JAVASCRIPT.....!!!!
I have gone through the intro chapters in the course program and chapters 1, 2 & 3 in the WROX book "Javascript for beginners" 3rd edition. Whoa....I feel totally lost.
Here's my question....will this ever make sense to me? I believe I'm pretty intelligent, but this javascript thing seems very complex. Any insight or encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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My first bit of advice is that when you join a new forum to first read said forums FAQ/TOS. Had you done this here you would no that posting your question FIVE times in different forums doesn't help your cause and, in fact, hurts it. Posting your question once is sufficent as most of the regulars here look over most of the forums.

Whether or not any of this will make sense to you is directly proportionate to the amount of time you plan on investing to learn JavaScript. Programming is skill that requires time and dedication. So if you plan on just skimming over the book and making a half-hearted attempt at learning the concepts then, no, it will probably never make any sense to you. If you are determined to learn then yes it will, eventually.

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Thanks Doug....er....I guess I should have read about the posting rules more closely....I thought I was posting to different forums related to Javascript. So noted.

I guess what you are saying is true. My thought at this point is to go back and do chapters 1, 2 and 3 over again and again till I completely understand it. I guess my understanding of Javascript is currently false and I need to utilize a loop till my understanding is true.

Thanks Again,
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You were posting to different forums all related to JavaScript, however, it was the same question simply repeated. This is little more than spam though and is annoying for those of us that use the 'Today's posts' or 'Unanswered Topics' view.

What IS your current understanding of what JavaScript is?
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Thanks again Doug....I'll be keenly aware of the "spam" like qualities of posting the same message on different forums in the future.

JavaScript to Me:

Does things HTML cannot
OOP scripting language
Invented by Netscape (Livescript)
Objects which have properties, methods and trigger events.

In a nutshell that is about what I understand, along with a vague knowledge of words like array, variable, operands, if, else, and, or, not...it all blurred together.

I just searched the online library I have access to and decided to start another javascript for beginners book. This one is called, "Javascript demystifiexd." I was intrigued by the title because that is how I feel right now...mystified. I figured I will take in the same data presented in a different way and see if things start clicking a little better. Still open to any wisdom you or anyone else out there might have. Thanks again Doug.
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