030 JSJ Learning & Teaching JavaScript with Noel Rappin

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    00:52 – Works in training and talent development for Groupon 00:56 – Author of Rails Test Prescriptions and upcoming Master Space and Time with JavaScript 01:21 – Writing a book about JavaScript 02:33 – Focus of the book

    • Part 1: Jasmine and jQuery and the JavaScript Object Model
    • Part 2: Extended examples of jQuery
    • Part 3: Backbone
    • Part 4: Ember

    03:46 – Self-published authors 05:15 – Approaches and mindsets to learning JavaScript 06:04 – “Gotchas!” and bad features in Javascript 09:17 – Modeling JavaScript for beginners 11:23 – (AJ joins the podcast) 11:42 – Resources/Classes for learning JavaScript

    13:54 – Hiring people with JavaScript experience at Groupon 15:12 – Training workshops 17:00 – Getting new hires up to speed quickly

    • Pairing
    • Mentoring
    • Lectures
    • Workshops

    21:38 – Book Learning

    • You can learn at your own pace
    • But it’s hard to ask questions to a book

    22:51 – How Noel gained expertise in JavaScript 24:38 – Code reading and learning to program a language 26:18 – Teaching people JavaScript as their very first language 31:55 – Classroom layout 33:42 – Online training

    40:00 – Finding a mentor

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