I spent a loooong time –1.5 years, to be precise – drifting from resource to resource and field to field in the tech arena.
Cybersecurity? Yes, yes! Gimme all you got! I still get vortex-eyes when I remember seeing for the first time a 2600 ‘zine propped in the magazine rack and Barnes and Noble.
OOP programming languages? DUH! I tried mightily to keep up with Derek Banas’ videos and a free Udemy course on Java.
And Cisco networking? Don’t even go there. I was thisfreakingclose to going to a CCNA certificate bootcamp in rural Pennsylvania only a few months ago. Yes, I am serious.
Image A: Location of rural Cisco networking bootcamp, north-central PA.
I can go on, but you get the idea.
That book was — and is — a revelation.
(As an aside, bullet points are freaking awesome. Let’s use them here to illustrate a few key features of this book.)
- 89 lessons
- nearly 250 pages
- Content covers everything from the DOM, to the Date object, to creating functions
- by the time I was finished, I actually had a handle on the basic language.
- I also love that I can spill coffee and pizza sauce on the book, along with deface it
One critical component of Mark’s book is that aside from making the lessons simple, he tests your knowledge with online exercises that relate to each chapter. Sometimes you fill in the blanks, other times you assemble code, finish the code, and so on. It’s a really good way to measure your actual progress, as opposed just assuming you know how to do something after reading about it.
Example of the online coding challenges to test your knowledge of each chapter.
To summarize, I won’t ever stop raving about this book.
Thank you, Mark Myers, for creating such a powerful, truly helpful resource.