Learners' JavaScript Study Group

May 5, 2018 · Salt Lake City, United States of America


What do we do during study groups?

We collaboratively work through a range of activities, such as:

• FreeCodeCamp.com

• NodeSchool Workshoppers

• CodeWars Katas

• Project Euler challenges

• games (e.g. Elevator Saga, WarriorJS, Untrusted)

• competitions (e.g. Fight Code, CodeFights, The AI Games, Hello World Open)

• the original CodeKatas

• side projects (your own or other Learners' projects)

• concepts or code that we're hung-up on

In other words, we practice JS coding and learn more about JS code in a collaborative, supportive, and social environment.

What level of programmer is this for?

If you're asking, you're at the right level!  Basically, it's for anyone wanting to learn and practice JavaScript skills with other people.  I think that Learners get more out of it if they have learned the basics beforehand, but you're welcome to join us even if you've never written anything in JavaScript!  (That said, the best way to learn how JavaScript works is ...)

What can I do between study groups?  Where should I start learning JavaScript?

If you haven't started learning the basics, then I can't recommend FreeCodeCamp.com enough!  It (a) assumes no knowledge coming in, (b) provides a linear progression from no knowledge to a portfolio of web applications, (c) lets you move as fast or slow as you want, (d) lets you skip lessons and topics you're already familiar with, and (e) has phenomenal online support.

I'm not great at checking gitter, but I have set up a gitter channel for discussion between study groups - https://gitter.im/SLC-JS-Learners/chat (and remember that almost all programmers tend to be in one of two states, so it's perfectly normal to be in one of these states!)

Of course there are also FreeCodeCamp meetups and our monthly presentation meetup. Just keep an eye out for UtahJS "Learners'" meetup events.

I've also put together a "JS Learner's Fieldguide" blog post that you may find useful.

Location, Location, Location

We'll be meeting at V Schools' downtown SLC campus, on the 3rd floor in the Impact Hub Building (150 South State Street, to the north of the Carl's Jr).

• Public Transit: We're just to the across the street from the 185 S & State St Bus Stop, and a couple blocks walk from the Gallivan Plaza Trax stop

• Personal Vehicles: Street parking is free for 2 hours on Saturday — but you have to move your car before you exceed 2 hours!  Parking in the Wells Fargo lot, a couple blocks away, is free for up to 10 hours most Saturdays, especially if you're in before 10am. :-) If you have to drive, the Wells Fargo lot is the best option I know of currently. (If you know of a better option - please let me know!)

Event organizers
  • UtahJS

    This group is all about JavaScript in Utah. We meet the 1st Thursday of the month in Orem, the 3rd Tuesday of the month in SLC, and at least monthly in Logan. On the 4th Thursday of the month in Sandy is our Angular meetup. See also utahjs.com Join our mailing list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uta... Join us on Slack at http://slack.utahjavascript.com.

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