Q&A: Learning JavaScript for Beginners

In this article, we will discuss commonly asked questions regarding learning JavaScript based on my personal experience.

Is JavaScript easy to learn?

Yes, I found that most of the JavaScript concepts were easy to learn and understand. However, some concepts such as closures, hoisting, async, etc were tricky and I had to invest a lot of time to understand these concepts.

Hence, I would conclude that it is easy to learn JavaScript at an intermediate level but much harder to master the advanced JavaScript concepts. Read more about tricky JavaScript questions from dmitripavlutin.com/simple-but-tricky-javascript-interview-questions/

Can I learn JavaScript and get a job?

Yes, I have seen candidates getting jobs just by learning JavaScript provided they knew HTML and CSS before it. However, I found that many front-end developer jobs required knowledge in one or more JavaScript frameworks like React, Angular JS, etc in addition to knowing JavaScript.

Hence, I would recommend learning a front-end framework after JavaScript if possible to be eligible for the maximum number of job opportunities.

How long does it take to learn JavaScript to get a job?

To get a job as a JavaScript developer, I needed to master all Advanced JS concepts. As a result, I needed almost 6 months to learn JavaScript before cracking an interview.

During those 6 months, I investing 1-2 hours per day either by learning JavaScript concepts or building practice JS projects.

Is JavaScript enough to get a job?

No, front-end developer jobs require you to develop web pages with HTML and CSS before adding JavaScript functionality. Hence, a front-end job interview would require you to have additional knowledge of HTML and CSS.

Additionally, some of the jobs have the requirement of one or more JavaScript frameworks. However, learning JavaScript framework for a job is optional and most companies would assume that candidates with good JavaScript knowledge are capable of learning JS frameworks like React JS, Angular, etc.

Why should I learn JavaScript?

I learned JavaScript for the following reasons:

  1. Most front-end framework requires prior knowledge in JavaScript
  2. Frameworks like React JS, Angular JS, etc are built using JavaScript.
  3. Frontend job interviews expect candidates to have strong fundamentals in core JavaScript concepts.

What should I know before learning JavaScript?

It is advisable to know HTML and CSS before picking up JavaScript since some of the JS concepts need to be implemented on a webpage. However, if you are planning to JavaScript first, check out 8 Steps to Learn JavaScript without HTML and CSS.

Is it worth learning JavaScript in 2021?

Yes, good JavaScript knowledge was crucial for me to crack any front-end developer interview. JavaScript is still considered the most in-demand programming language according to itresourcescorp.com/6-of-the-most-in-demand-programming-languages-of-2021/.

Even in 2021, JavaScript is required for building most web apps even when the front-end framework is being used.

How do I start learning JavaScript?

You can start learning javascript with paid/free JavaScript courses from Udemy, Youtube, etc. I started learning JavaScript by following a free Youtube course on “Introduction to JavaScript for Developers“.