The Internet once a motionless, flat piece of art with slabs of information. Then came Javascript-- the programming language that would bring in the next great revolutionary phase of the evolution of the Internet, and Brendan Eich is its author: one of the fathers of the modern web.


JavaScript is next in line after HTML and CSS. It brings variables, functions and a blithesome dose of math into the equation.

•If you're viewing this web page on a computer (as opposed to a mobile device) try using your mouse to draw something on this sketch pad to see just one example of JavaScript in action.

jQueryis a JavaScript "framework"--a library of prewritten JavaScript code and additional enhancements. jQuery.com (the official website for jQuery) reports that as of 2014 "jQuery’s core library is used by more than 61 percent of the top 100,000 sites"

"Javascript on steroids" is what some call jQuery: a library of shortcuts to help web developers access the power of Javascript... and then some! This was the contribution of the young Internet programmer, John Resig.

John Resig -Father of jQuery, the super hero of Javascript Libraries

Other popular JavaScript libraries are Angular.JS, Backbone.js, Underscore.js, Modernizr.js and Node.js.

Resources for Learning and Using JavaScript

• I have found two exceptional video training websites--and the gifted teachers who appear on those videos--that are particular to JavaScript:

• A truly "rock n' roll" contemporary, youthful and helpful web school to attend for their JavaScript track is www.CodeSchool.com . CodeSchool has a "JavaScript Roadtrip" to take you on which you can sample for free.

• Well worth the price of admission ($29 currently) is the JavaScript and JQuery video training course on "The Lodge" where Chris Coyier with his friendly and informative manner will walk you through understanding both JavaScript and one of its most popular library, jQuery: www.CSS-Tricks.com

• Fast track reading-based learning on the web, I have found this website to be incredible... and free! www.CodeAcademy.com