by freeCodeCamp

25 Free Resources for New JavaScript Developers

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We asked our campers to share their favorite free resources for new JavaScript developers on Camper News. The list includes some time-tested books as well as podcasts and videos you may not have heard of yet.

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Books

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Eloquent Javascript is modern introduction to programming and JavaScript by Marijn Haverbeke. There is also an annotated version of Eloquent JavaScript by Gordon Zhu.

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JavaScript for Cats by Max Ogden is an introduction for new programmers that is so easy your human companion could do it too!

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The JavaScript Way is written by freeCodeCamp contributor Baptiste Pesquet. It’s a free and open source introduction to JavaScript.

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You Don’t Know JS is a series of books by Kyle Simpson dive deep into the core mechanisms of the JavaScript language.

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Human JavaScript by Henrik Joreteg is a book about a specific set of tools, patterns, and approaches optimized for people.

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Speaking JavaScript by Axel Rauschmayer was written to help programmers learn JavaScript quickly and properly, and also to deepen your existing skills and look up specific topics.

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ExploringJS covers ECMAScript 6 in great detail, but is structured so that you can also quickly get an overview if you want to.

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JavaScript Allonge by Reginald Braithwaite covers functional programming in JavaScript.

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JavaScript Spessore by Reginald Braithwaite is written for the reader who has read JavaScript Allongé. It covers functions, closures, and prototypes.

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What is Code? is an interactive essay by Paul Ford on what code is and why it’s important.

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Professor Frisby’s Mostly Adequate Guide to Functional Programming covers functional programming in JavaScript.

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Programming JavaScript Applications by Eric Elliot focuses on intermediate JavaScript coding.

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Podcasts

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NodeUp is a Node.js podcast put together by @ffloat and @dshaw.

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JavaScript Jabber is a weekly podcast about JavaScript, including Node.js, Front-End Technologies, Careers, Teams and more.

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Five JS Podcast is a weekly five-minute podcast is released every Thursday. You can follow them on Twitter or subscribe with iTunes or RSS.

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This Developer’s Life delves into different aspects of the life of developers. Patterned after NPR’s This American Life, it features interviews and eclectic music.

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The CodeNewbie Podcast is podcast with stories from people on their coding journey. New episodes are published every Monday. You can follow them on Twitter @CodeNewbies

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Videos

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JavaScript: The Good Parts is covered in this YouTube video from its creator, Douglas Crockford.

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Level Up Tuts born out of the need for better instructional documentation.

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DevTips features weekly videos on the subject of web design and development.

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Other Resources

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The repl.it project is an online environment for interactively exploring programming languages.

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The MDN JavaScript Guide is a great reference and provides an overview of the language.

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Codewars provides interactive user-submitted coding challenges.

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CodinGame lets you practice JavaScript syntax through fun interactive coding games.

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jQuery Fundamentals walks you through common problems you’ll be able to solve using jQuery.

A big thanks to @biancamihai, @daylightsavings, @elliescode, @_maximization, @ovivoicu, @duttakapil, @RomuloLazarde, @MatthewHarames, @ka11away, for submitting these resources.