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Hands-on JavaScript for Python Developers

By : Sonyl Nagale
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Hands-on JavaScript for Python Developers

By: Sonyl Nagale

Overview of this book

Knowledge of Python is a great foundation for learning other languages. This book will help you advance in your software engineering career by leveraging your Python programming skills to learn JavaScript and apply its unique features not only for frontend web development but also for streamlining work on the backend. Starting with the basics of JavaScript, you’ll cover its syntax, its use in the browser, and its frameworks and libraries. From working with user interactions and ingesting data from APIs through to creating APIs with Node.js, this book will help you get up and running with JavaScript using hands-on exercises, code snippets, and detailed descriptions of JavaScript implementation and benefits. To understand the use of JavaScript in the backend, you’ll explore Node.js and discover how it communicates with databases. As you advance, you’ll get to grips with creating your own RESTful APIs and connecting the frontend and backend for holistic full-stack development knowledge. By the end of this Python JavaScript book, you’ll have the knowledge you need to write full-fledged web applications from start to finish. You’ll have also gained hands-on experience of working through several projects, which will help you advance in your career as a JavaScript developer.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Section 1 - What is JavaScript? What is it not?
Section 2 - Using JavaScript on the Front-End
Section 3 - The Back-End: Node.js vs. Python
Section 4 - Communicating with Databases


Yay, we've finally gotten into the DOM and manipulated it! Congrats on where you're at so far!

With JavaScript, we can now dynamically change what is on the page as opposed to only using alerts and console messages. Here's an overview of what we learned:

  • querySelector and querySelectorAll are our gateways into the magical realm of the DOM.
  • The DOM exists only in memory as a dynamic representation of where the HTML was when the page was loaded.
  • Selectors for these methods will use CSS selectors; legacy methods will not.
  • Properties of nodes can be changed, but the nomenclature varies.

In the next chapter, we'll work more with events. Events are at the heart of a JavaScript program, so let's learn about their structure and use.