Modern JavaScript Explained For Dinosaurs

A look into the evolution of JavaScript

Learning modern JavaScript is tough if you haven’t been there since the beginning. The ecosystem is growing and changing so rapidly that it’s hard to understand the problems that different tools are trying to solve. I started programming in 1998 but only began to learn JavaScript seriously in 2014. At the time I remember coming across Browserify and staring at its tagline:

“Browserify lets you require(‘modules’) in the browser by bundling up all of your dependencies.”

I pretty much didn’t understand any word in this sentence, and struggled to make sense of how this would be helpful for me as a developer.

The goal of this course is to provide a historical context of how JavaScript tools have evolved to what they are today. We’ll start from the beginning and build an example website like the dinosaurs did — no tools, just plain HTML and JavaScript. Then we’ll introduce different tools incrementally to see the problems that they solve one at a time. With this historical context, you’ll be better able to learn and adapt to the ever-changing JavaScript landscape going forward. Let’s get started!

Your Instructor

Peter Jang
Peter Jang

Peter Jang is the Dean of Instruction at Actualize, where he designs the web development curriculum and teaches live classes at the Actualize Chicago main campus.

Peter has been programming since 1998, earning a masters in mechanical engineering and writing optimization software as a consultant as well as full stack web applications at a Chicago-based startup. He has been a classroom instructor since 2008, earning a masters in education and working as a high school math teacher for 6 years as well as a web development instructor since 2015. His passion is to blend his teaching and programming expertise to create the best technology educational resources available.

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