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JavaScript For Kids For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-119-11986-9
384 pages
August 2015
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Description

Have big dreams? Kick start them with JavaScript!

If we've learned one thing from the Millennial generation, it's that no one is too young to make history online. JavaScript For Kids For Dummies introduces pre-teens and early teens alike to the world of JavaScript, which is an integral programming language that drives the functionality of websites and apps. This informative, yet engaging text guides you through the basics of coding with JavaScript, and is an essential resource if you want to expand your technology skills while following easy, step-by-step instructions. Through small, goal-oriented projects, you learn key coding concepts, while actually creating apps, games, and more. This hands-on experience, coupled with the presentation of ideas in a simple style, allows you to both learn and retain JavaScript fundamentals.

JavaScript has been heralded as 'the programming language of the web,' and many kids are interested in learning how to use it; however, most schools don't offer coding classes at this level, and most families can't afford the high cost of coding classes through a summer camp. But this can't stop you from developing your JavaScript coding skills! This fun text is all you need to get started on your JavaScript journey.

  • Explore the basics of JavaScript through the creation of a calculator app
  • Deepen your understanding of HTML, arrays, and variables by building a grocery shopping app
  • Learn conditional logic through the development of a choose your own adventure game
  • Discover loops and strings by creating a lemonade stand app and MadLibs-style game

JavaScript For Kids For Dummies brings pre-teens and early teens into the world of coding by teaching them one of the key Web design languages.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: What Is JavaScript? Alert! JavaScript Is Awesome! 5

Chapter 1: Programming the Web 7

Chapter 2: Understanding Syntax 22

Chapter 3: Giving and Receiving Data 33

Chapter 4: Fiddling with Web Applications 51

Part II: Animating the Web 69

Chapter 5: JavaScript and HTML 71

Chapter 6: JavaScript and CSS 89

Chapter 7: Building an Animated Robot 104

Part III: Getting Operations 123

Chapter 8: Building Your Dream Car with Operands 125

Chapter 9: Putting It Together with Operators 136

Chapter 10: Creating Your Own JavaScript Word Game 153

Part IV: Arrays and Functions 171

Chapter 11: Creating and Changing Arrays 173

Chapter 12: Making It Functional 190

Chapter 13: Creating a Wish List Program 206

Part V: Freedom of Choice 231

Chapter 14: Making Decisions with the If...Else Statement 233

Chapter 15: Doing Different Things with Switch 252

Chapter 16: Choose Your Own Adventure 267

Part VI: Loops 293

Chapter 17: What’s This Loop For? 295

Chapter 18: Using While Loops 309

Chapter 19: Building a Lemonade Stand 326

Index 355

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Author Information

Chris Minnick and Eva Holland are experienced web developers, tech trainers, and coauthors of Coding with JavaScript For Dummies. Together they founded WatzThis?, a company focused on training and course development.

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