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    As a coding novice, I would like to know whether it would be better or easier for me to learn javascript before delving into jquery, or vice versa. I primarily work in the designing aspect of web development (PS, html/css. etc.) and I am looking to broaden my skillset.

    php would naturally come afterlearnign both, but I think learning javascript/jquery first would better serve my needs in the immediate moment.

    Additionally, if you are familiar with any specific articles on css-tricks I can use to start learning (or even other, preferably free educational resources as well) please let me know. thanks!

    (P.S. I am submitting this question before a very long shift, so it may take me a while to respond or view any suggestions. I’m hoping to get the ball rolling as soon as I return from work.)


    Personally, I started with jQuery and then moved on to Coffeescript. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way.


    I all but did the same thing as TheDoc did. I started with JQuery then moved to pure JS. I enjoyed learning about JQuery first because I was able to start using it almost immediately. Then once I got a good grip on JQuery I moved onto bigger things. If you have a spare 25 bucks laying around, check out the latest video from Chris in the lodge on “Learning JQuery from Scratch”. It was a nice little series that covered basics and explained what certain things were and some ways to use them. Just my O2 =) Best of luck and most important, have fun with it!


    I started with jQuery, but would recommend learning the fundamentals of javascript before working with a library. I’ve managed to do this in reverse, and I’m now realizing that much of the jQuery I began writing can be achieved with raw javascript.

    Useful Resources:

    jQuery Fundamentals
    Native JavaScript Equivalents of jQuery Methods: Part One
    Native JavaScript Equivalents of jQuery Methods: Part Two

    Good luck!


    I got into javascript by reading Eloquent JavaScript by Marijn Haverbeke. It’s free to read online, and I highly suggest it.



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