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Javascript Programming - Part 1

Part 1 | Part 1a | Part 1b | Part 2 | Part 2a | Part 2b

Basic concepts in programming: What is programming?

In Part 1 of this series, our goal is to get you used to some of the concepts found in JavaScript programming. These concepts are also applicable to many other programming languages like Java and PHP among several others.

With this fundamental understanding you will be able to more easily learn how to program (as taught in Part 2 and Part 3), create web pages, use DHTML and even use software more easily. I know it seems unrelated, but once you start catching on, you will see how it is connected! Soon Java, Java Script, .NET, ASP, PHP, and many other languages and technologies will be very approachable.

A side note:

Before you artists get spooked and run off; I started out as a graphic designer with no technical background except for a basic understanding of HTML. I made the decision and slowly picked up Java Script and then several other languages. If I can do it, so can you!

Every time you learn something new, you elevate yourself. Learning programming will just make you a more valuable person to have around, thus you will be giving yourself more options.

Let's start with the very basics:

Programming is like talking to the computer in a language the computer understands. And like spoken languages, there are many languages that computers can speak. In the world of the Internet, the key language is arguably JavaScript, just as in the United States it is English and in France it is French. You use programming to tell the computer what to do.

NEXT: Javascript Programming - Continued »

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