Learn JavaScript (But Learn It Properly)

You might not think of JavaScript as a particularly advanced language. However, if you have an in-depth knowledge of coding in JavaScript -- more than just some casual browser scripting -- it could lead to a bigger pay packet.

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At last week's Gartner PCC conference, analyst Gene Phifer noted that the widespread employment of JavaScript in SharePoint implementations had led to a shortage of developers with in-depth skills relevant to portal rollouts:

If you're going to be living with SharePoint you'll use JavaScript. Skills on JavaScript are there, but they're pretty shallow. You need to invest in training and unvest in hiring people that know this well.

While Phifer addressed that remark at C-level executives, it highlights a gap that a savvy programmer could exploit.

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    It would have been helpful to include at least some resources on what constitutes 'properly'. There are many Javascript books out there, and many different ways of writing Javascript (including different ways of having Singletons, different ways of producing class-like structures, and so on) and different books take different approaches.
    If there is a 'proper' way, it would be nice to know what it is.

      Yeah, this article is about as shallow as a car park puddle.

      Step 1: If your code looks anything like the article photo, you're doing it wrong.

      Last edited 14/05/14 1:03 am

    This is pretty much the only book you need to learn it properly. Written by the web's one true JavaScript Guru.


    Is 'unvest' even a word?
    They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means.

    Last edited 15/05/14 10:33 am

      If it is, it's an ungood one.

    I think the word needed here is 'divest'

    everyone knows you can't hire people while wearing a vest!

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