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Javascript - An Easy Place To Start

There are many programming languages that can be used to create computer applications and intelligent web pages. JavaScript is one of the easiest to access. Your web browser already runs JavaScript and creating programs is as simple as typing in a few commands in Notepad or your computer's text editor.

JavaScript is used within the browser to create simple and not so simple web pages. When combined with jQuery, JavaScript becomes a powerful programming language that's being used to drive the new wave of applications available on the Internet. The Mainstrike.com sites contains simple Javascript examples. Google Maps and Google Docs are examples of extreme JavaScript programming. PYTHON bills itself as the latest and greatest.

Intro to JavaScript Programming

This video teaches some basic programming concepts using JavaScript. It introduces programming using RoboBob (worth watching just for that) and goes on to show how you can start programming with just a web browser.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ULFlnZjzPA
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Crunchzilla

Crunchzilla is a fun way to get kids excited about programming. It combines games and tutorials so kids can experiment, play with code, build, and learn. Includes separate tracks for older and younger children.

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Javascript Tutorial

W3Schools' tutorial starts with a simple Display Date button and goes thru the language step-by-step. The built in Try It Yourself buttons allow you to see and modify the examples right on your web browser (no Notepad required!). W3Schools is our webmaster's go-to site for all things Internet.

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Main Strike Fun Stuff Page

A collection of games, calculators and "cool stuff" created using JavaScript and another programming language Java. A place for ideas or to find challenges for your advanced students, "Can you make it better?".

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jQuery

jQuery allows JavaScript to interact with the web browser. Everything from simple menus (like the one on this web site) to complex animations -- jQuery drives a lot of the sites on the Internet. (Obviously, this one is for your more advanced students.)

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Google Maps

This was the first example of what a "little JavaScript" could do.

While programming web sites or apps are beyond the scope of most teachers, your students could be another matter. If blooming Webmasters attend you school, talk with them about the possibilities; you will be helping them towards employment and they will help you stay on the cutting edge.

How to use JSFiddle.net

JSFiddle.net creates an interface in your web browser window where you can easily create, test, and share JavaScript programs. This video by Jason Diamond introduces JSFiddle and some ideas for how to use it.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw4f-yRf7RU

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