Making Friends With JavaScript

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Most of the time, the path people take towards the enlightenment of the creation of the portals in the World Wide Web is a linear one; it typically starts out with familiarizing one's self with the user-friendly HTML, and then CSS which is a no-brainer. Next in line would be JavaScript, unfortunately, a lot of people give up learning the language even before they get to know it. I should know; I'm one of those people who deemed that JavaScript was too complex for me to learn.

And I had good reason to give up-while JavaScript really offers good effects and animations in exchange for understanding the knowledge it offers, it comes with a heavy tag price. While it will not really drain you of your financial resources, learning JavaScript requires a lot more time and effort, mainly because unlike HTML, it does not simply focus on web pages.

JavaScript is a scripting language developed by Sun Microsystems; it allows you to add programmable scripts to your website to create applications like a calculator, a date / time bar or a live calendar. Aside from those small apps, JavaScript is also responsible for browser detection systems, which are helpful in making your website more suitable to the visitor depending on his browser; for storing cookies, which contain vital information stored in your visitor's computer, that way, information retrieval in later use will be faster and more efficient; for form validation, so you can make your feedback forms work without a hitch. Aside from those, JavaScript is also a popular language for creating mini-games for the internet, and for mobile users.

Now that you know what JavaScript is, it's time to know what it can do for you. Once you realize how to utilize this language, as well as the possibilities above, you can create special effects or simple animations for your website. Think of Flash, but much easier. And at least, your guests would not be required to have Macromedia installed in their computer, so definitely less loading and waiting time for your them. JavaScript is actually designed to be used even by non-programmers; so while it contains some really technical lingo that would take a while to comprehend, it's not at all impossible.

There are a lot of basic tutorials for JavaScript in the World Wide Web, start out with the introductions and pretty soon you'll take it to just like HTML. To incorporate it in your website, first create a layout in Photoshop, then with SiteGrinder, FrontPage or Dreamweaver, code the image into an HTML page. Add CSS and other details. Finally, decide on what type of JavaScript application you'd like to add to your site.

You can even combine JavaScript with Flash for a power-packed duo. Even without a Flash program, you can open and edit Flash files in Photoshop using the PSD2FLA plug-in. Just make sure they harmonize with each other, and with the whole site.

While there are easier ways to add JavaScript to your site (sites that offer countless copy & paste codes abound in the net), nothing is more fulfilling than creating your own personalized script or code. In a time where HTML is a skill that almost all kids from age 13 and above are capable of using, few people bravely venture into the complex world of JavaScript.

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