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The JavaScript Way

A modern introduction to an essential language.

Copyright © 2017 Baptiste Pesquet.

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 PRs Welcome Buy on Leanpub

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This book aims to be a useful companion for anyone wishing to (re)discover the many facets of JavaScript. Numerous brain cycles were spent to make it:

  • Beginner-friendly yet comprehensive. From the very basics of programming up to front-end and back-end web development, a lot of topics are covered in a simple and accessible way. No prior knowledge needed!
  • Standards-aligned. The book is entirely written using the recent ES2015 syntax, giving you future-proof knowledge. From start to finish, it enforces good programming habits, embraces the ubiquitous JavaScript tools ESLint and Prettier and closely follows the popular AirBnb Style Guide.
  • Hands-on. No real learning happens without practicing! Each chapter is accompanied by a series of exercises to put your newly acquired skills into action. A three-part project will guide you in the creation of a social news web application (see it in action).
  • Easy to follow. Code along directly in your browser or build an efficient JavaScript development environment on your local machine.

Read a bit more about the goals of this project and its successful launch.


This repository contains the book manuscript files, free to read for everyone. Your contributions are most welcome.

For a better reading experience, this content is also sold as a multi-format, DRM-free ebook on Leanpub, with an option to get the commented source code for all exercises and projects. An interactive online course is under way.

If you like what you find here and want to support this effort, your financial contribution would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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