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JavaScript is a scripting language, primarily used for creating dynamic websites and programming web servers. It's a very popular language, and supports a variety of programming paradigms.
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About JavaScript

export function hello() {
  return 'Hello, World!';
};

ECMAScript is the standard that defines JavaScript, a programming language that allows web pages to be dynamic. It is an interpreted language, which means that it doesn't need to be compiled: instead the interpreter (such as a web browser) will parse the code and turn it into code that their machine can run - suitable for creating dynamic websites that can run on any browser* on any computer*!

JavaScript is not only for use in the browser. JavaScript runtimes, such as NodeJS and deno allow you to write, launch and serve requests on webservers. Other frameworks, such as Electron use JavaScript to write cross platform applications for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Mobile app development is also a possibility, utilising react-native, ionic and various others, with expo now allowing to target Android, iOS and the web, all at once.

ECMAScript has grown to be one of the world’s most widely used general purpose programming languages. It is best known as the language embedded in web browsers but has also been widely adopted for server and embedded applications." — ECMA International Language Specification

Starting with the 6th edition (commonly known as ES2015 or ES6) in 2015, a new edition of the standard will be released each year. The 6th edition was a major update which brought many enhancements over ES5, including notably template strings, expressive arrow function syntax, and cleaner syntax for defining classes.

But because new syntax and features are coming to JavaScript each year, support for these changes is often incomplete in current browsers and the latest node. This doesn't mean we can't use it. Tools such as Babel offer transpilation for most features, allowing us to write as if it's the future.

Note: This track supports the latest ECMAScript syntax via Babel and the @babel/preset-env plugin, and new experimental features are enabled with each update of that plugin, matching the release of the specifications. It automatically adapts to your local node installation. This means you don't need to worry about what is and isn't supported.


* There is a small number of browsers that doesn't ship with a JavaScript runtime, or that has disabled JavaScript execution by default.

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Exercism is fantastic in learning new languages but that is not the extent of it. If you are a "more experienced" programmer you may have encountered impostor syndrome: the idea you don't really know what you think you know. Exercism lets you solve problems and put them in the space of open feedback which is a tremendous learning opportunity to explore the depth of your own knowledge. Even if you have been programming in a language for awhile it is worth checking into Exercism to see where you stand with current implementation practices.

Relaxed. Encouraging. Supportive.

Meet the JavaScript Track mentors

Once you join the JavaScript language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

Avatar of Pietro Verdile

Pietro Verdile https://github.com/pverdile

I'm a full-time software developer for ClickBus, mostly focused on frontend using frameworks like Vue and Symfony. On top of that I am quite familiar with Clojure, PHP and NodeJS when it comes to backend.
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Jonathan Hawley-Peters https://github.com/jonathanhawleypeters

For over a decade I've programmed as a hobby. In 2016 I started working as a web developer and receiving mentorship was a big part of what made that change possible. To me, mentoring people who are learning Javascript feels like a natural part of the progression and often brings me joy.
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Chris Strolia-Davis https://github.com/cstroliadavis

I've been developing with JavaScript/EcmaScript for about 2 decades. I've been helped by many and I'm happy to help others.
Avatar of Nick Bell

Nick Bell GoFan

I have been developing in JS for 6 years. We use JS heavily at GOFan, and I am excited to be a mentor.
Avatar of Pascal Spiesz

Pascal Spiesz GitHub

I'm a JavaScript developer and I think that mentoring is a great way to improve knowledge for the mentor and the mentees.
Avatar of Marco Quintella

Marco Quintella GitHub Profile

Huge fan of VueJs. Bachelor in Nautical Sciences, Specialist in Fiscal Management, Bachelor in Systems' Analysis and Development. I love beautifull code and machine learning, loves studying new techs and UI/UX.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced JavaScript exercises

These are a few of the 106 exercises on the JavaScript track. You can see all the exercises here.

Food Chain
medium
algorithms
text formatting
Saddle Points
medium
equality
exception handling
integers
matrices
optional values
parsing
conditionals
loops
Reverse String
easy
loops
strings
Rectangles
medium
arrays
matrices
strings
conditionals
loops
Space Age
easy
floating point numbers
List Ops
medium
lists
recursion
loops
data structures
Passionate. Knowledgeable. Creative.

Meet the JavaScript Track maintainers

The JavaScript Maintainers are the brains behind the JavaScript Track. They spend their spare time creating interesting and challenging exercises that we can all learn from. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work. Here are the bios of a few of the maintainers of this track.

Avatar of Josh Goebel

Josh Goebel Blog: Running Blind

I mostly write Ruby & JavaScript (for fun and profit) but I dabble with TypeScript, Elixir, Nim, Arduino, and such.
Avatar of Tejas Bubane

Tejas Bubane My blog

Primarily a Ruby & Javascript coder, getting better at functional programming, emacs lover.
Avatar of Kristina Born

Kristina Born

Full-stack developer and lover of all things linguistic. Teaching is the best way to learn.
Avatar of Derk-Jan Karrenbeld

Derk-Jan Karrenbeld My website

All-round programmer, manager and owner of a Dutch software agency specializing in bespoke and tailored code.

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