Primer before You Don't Know JS (YDKJS) series?

Primer before You Don't Know JS (YDKJS) series?
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#1

I’m a beginner, to date having finished most of the FCC Front End certification (just the advanced projects left!). The YDKJS series comes highly recommended on this forum and elsewhere, so I thought I’d give them a go. Although I’m gaining insight into some really powerful concepts (particularly things like scope and object prototypes), there’s a TON that I just completely fail to grasp (@@iterators? Symbols? wut?).

How much should I be understanding at this point? Is this just something I should power through and come back to later in my journey as a developer? Are there other books that would build my understanding to the level where the YDKJS series would be more beneficial?

Really interested to hear you all’s thoughts. Thanks!


#2

Depends on what is the best learning process for you. I myself rush through books and accept that I only grasp some of the ideas. But I do a lot of coding everyday so I eventually discover new things and when some of the concepts become clearer I come back to those books and read more. Learning this way is easier and less painful for me. But like I said it depends. Some people jus can’t accept that they don’t understand something and in order to proceed further they have to accomplish every step. For me it’s different. I fully embrace my stupidity and let myself learn in the process :wink:


#3

I’d suggest reading this thread, which is a bit similar to yours: https://forum.freecodecamp.com/t/advice-and-tips-for-a-beginner-learning-javascript/124357


#4

Hey there!

I managed the first three YDKJS books a while back, but I don’t think they’re particularly effective in building you up from the ground up. I’d recommend that you try out Eloquent Javascript. I’ve learned a ton from it and there’s a lot of persistent example throughout the chapters. You might also try looking at some video courses as well. I’m a fan of Wes Bos’s JavaScript 30 for learning how to use plain jane Javascript to interact with HTML documents and Gordon Zhu’s Practical Javascript. I completed the JS section on the beta version of the site a few weeks ago and decided to take some time to really gain a healthy foundation in the language before moving on to frameworks like JQuery and React and those have been my resources so far; I’ll probably do YDKJS again once I’ve worked my way through those and have started back up with FCC.