Start Here : Learn JavaScript (MicrosoftPress)

Not a bad little beginners book on javascript.  With that in mind, if you’ve had ANY experience in software development or javascripting—you probably own’t get much out of it at all.  The examples are extremely simple to follow and understand, and more advanced coders will quickly find this below their level.

That said, if you’re new to the software/web development scene, there’s a lot to learn in here.  The book touches on building a basic page with javascript from the ground up and covers just about every basic concept of web development you will need to know.

And the book also has some great humor (not really—they’re serious).. like the “system requirements” required for javascript development.

  • While any modern operating system will work, you’ll find it easier if you’re on a later version of Windows, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8. Additionally, you’ll need Windows 8 in order to follow some of the examples in the book that build Windows 8 Apps.   
    It’s javacript.  It’s cross platform.  You just need some form of text editor and a browser.  A Windows based OS is required for their plug of Visual Studio (which you don’t need) 

  • Any text editor will suffice, but you’ll find it easier to work through examples if you use Visual Studio 11, any edition (multiple downloads may be required if using Express Edition products)
    Visual Studio is overkill for javascripting.  VIM, Notepad or Notepad++ is more than you’ll ever need.

  • ■■  A computer that has a 1.6GHz or faster processor (2GHz recommended).

  • ■■  1 GB (32 Bit) or 2 GB (64 Bit) RAM (Add 512 MB if running in a virtual machine or SQL ServerExpress Editions, more for advanced SQL Server editions).
    Shameless plug for SQL Server.  The only place SQL is EVER mentioned in the book. 

  • ■■  3.5GB of available hard disk space.  

  • ■■  5400 RPM hard disk drive.
    Um.. Ok? 

  • ■■  DirectX 9 capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution display.

  • ■■  DVD-ROM drive (if installing Visual Studio from DVD). 

Clearly most of those specs are for Visual Studio, (and this is a Microsoft Book, so it can be expected) but I can easily see how new developer could quickly get lost in all of the “helper code” Visual Studio does for you behind the scenes.  If you’re new, do yourself a favor. Don’t use an IDE.  
Overall-good book for the right (Microsoft) audience.  
You can read more about it here.
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