What is the best place to get training on JavaScript and HTML (preferably for free)?

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02-19-2016 08:17 AM
AdrianWelsh
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I have seen various websites that have free instructional courses to help teach you how to code. In particular, these have caught my eye:

https://www.codecademy.com/ -- (free)

http://www.freecodecamp.com/ -- (free)

https://www.codeschool.com/ -- (not free)

https://teamtreehouse.com/ -- (not free)

https://www.codeavengers.com/ -- (not free)

Does anyone have experience with this? And is there one that would be best to integrate into GIS, particularly ArcGIS API for JavaScript? Or maybe there is something I am completely missing in my minimal search on how to teach myself coding…

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TimWitt2
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Adrian,

I used code academy exclusively to get the knowledge on how to use javascript and html. Once I finished those tutorials I went to Build your first application | Guide | ArcGIS API for JavaScript   and worked through the tutorial.

I wish when I started learning , this book would have been available Esri Press | Getting to Know Web GIS |

I know you look for free products but this book would really help you understand how to create web apps with the ArcGIS Javascript API. You can probably find this book cheaper somewhere else.

Hope this helps!

Tim

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TimWitt2
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Adrian,

I used code academy exclusively to get the knowledge on how to use javascript and html. Once I finished those tutorials I went to Build your first application | Guide | ArcGIS API for JavaScript   and worked through the tutorial.

I wish when I started learning , this book would have been available Esri Press | Getting to Know Web GIS |

I know you look for free products but this book would really help you understand how to create web apps with the ArcGIS Javascript API. You can probably find this book cheaper somewhere else.

Hope this helps!

Tim

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AdrianWelsh
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These seems like a good approach. I have played around a little with the "build your first app" page you listed. I wonder if I can get my organization to buy that book...

Does the book have a lot of coding sections or is it mostly Web Maps in general?

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TimWitt2
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It has a lot of coding in it and goes through example apps. It is also nice since it helps with debugging.

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AdrianWelsh
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Hmm, that sounds pretty useful. Does the book come in a digital format or is it just paper?

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TimWitt2
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I think only printed.

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RebeccaStrauch__GISP
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Nice to see there are quite a few of the ArcGIS titles now available as Kindle.  I had no idea.

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CurtisDeVault
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I too used Code Academy and it was great. I have done JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and Python...it made me much more confident to tackle some of the python scripts I have wrote.

RickeyFight
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I have used both code Academy and Free code camp.

I like Free code camp a little better for javascript but Code Academy is better in HTML and CSS.

I am currently going though Free code camp though

I have used Eric Pimpler - GTS’s Videos on Vimeo

Eloquent JavaScript

HTML/CSS/JavaScript for Complete Beginners

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