Learning from mistakes

This post is about my experience of learning jQuery. I’m developing some JavaScript for use with MathTran, and from past experience I know that I need a library. Elsewhere I explain why I’ve chosen jQuery. On Friday I started learning jQuery, mostly from the two Packt books, and yesterday and today (Saturday and Sunday) I’ve started with some coding.

I’m fairly new to JavaScript programming, and it’s easy for me to trip up on some of the language features. For example, it’s my Python habit to write ‘self’ when I really should be saying ‘this’. I addition, I’m not used to the widespread dynamic creation of functions, to be attached to DOM elements to handle events. So in addition to learning how to think jQuery, I’ve also been learning how to think JavaScript and DOM.

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