Microsoft Offers a Free New JavaScript Course

Posted on October 9, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Dev with 1 Comment

Microsoft this week announced a free new video course for beginners who wish to learn the JavaScript programming language.

“JavaScript has become ubiquitous, and almost every developer would benefit from knowing it,” Microsoft’s Christopher Harrison writes in the announcement post. “We’ve got you covered! Building upon the Python for Beginners series, we’re excited to share a free 51-part [JavaScript] video course with you.”

Beginner’s Series: Introduction to JavaScript is available now on YouTube and will, in Microsoft’s words, help you gain the necessary background you’ll need to get started on your journey with JavaScript. It uses Visual Studio Code and the Node.js runtime, both of which are also free.

“We’ll look at the syntax of JavaScript and dig into progressively more advanced topics including objects and programming with async functions,” Harrison says. “Lastly, we’ll explore the JavaScript ecosystem and the vast amount of packages and libraries available on NPM [the Node Package Manager]. To best enjoy the course, we do assume you have some experience with a programming language, albeit we assume no prior knowledge of JavaScript.”

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