How long did it take people to get fairly comfortable coding in Javascipt & using other tools etc?
The question is really subjective and doesn’t help you in any way.
Some people started with experience in other languages would tell you that the finished in a couple of weeks. Some people with less experience would tell you that they finished the section in a month. Some people with no programming and computing experience can also finish in a month if they are used to thinking logically. And some people who are not too used to it take a couple of months. Some just simply never finish and eventually give up.
Just focus on getting through it and get things built—once you have built something successfully you will feel better about yourself because you will then have something tangible to hang onto and show other people.
Don’t rush ahead because you think you’re not learning fast enough. Take your sweet time. It’s not enough to just do the JS exercises, you have to read the accompanying explanations. The foundations for JS are really important; they really are the building blocks of everything you’ll encounter forward. Every plug-in and framework you’ll encounter onward are just different re-arrangements of the basics.
Stuff like “this is called a function” or “this is an object” might sound insignificant but it’s something you really need to drill in your head. Later on when you’re reading documentations you’ll be thankful when you understand exactly what they mean when they say a ‘method takes an object as a parameter.’
Slowly push forward, embrace the headaches and insomnia, and you’ll get there eventually.
I have been working at JS for 6 months now .I have to admit there is a lot of satisfaction in it when you get things done but it does get annoying sometimes so don’t give because eventually it will be very rewarding in the end when you get a job.