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Learning JavaScript by Developing Your Own App

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Learning JavaScript by Developing Your Own App

If you're new to Web Dev and still getting a hold on its primary language, JavaScript, learning while creating is the best way to glean all you can.

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Since it was developed by Netscape back in 1995, JavaScript has cemented its reputation and established itself as a common programming language. Since it can be executed on all browsers as well as on mobile devices, it is seen as a precious ally when it comes to developing appealing websites and mobile apps.

But how do you teach and learn JavaScript? This is a challenge now facing schools – teaching code is gradually becoming a discipline almost in its own right. It’s also a challenge facing the market when it comes to creating sites and apps for independent app developers or designers.

Learning by Experience

There are numerous methods, tools, tutorials, books, and open classrooms for learning JavaScript. Wakanda is playing its part via its Rapid Mobile App Development platform. Its purpose? Learning while developing an app.

And that’s exactly what Wakanda will help you do: you get to learn JavaScript while creating your own mobile application. There are three major factors which make Wakanda an ideal working environment for learning the language:

  1. A platform for creating mobile, web, and hybrid apps that you can deploy to all devices.
  2. A working environment that uses different technologies and programming languages which are all unified within JavaScript – you just need to know the basics of JavaScript to create your app.
  3. An open-source solution which is supported by an editor and a community of developers.

This isn’t the right forum for drawing up a long list of Wakanda’s features and functions. Instead, we’ll look at useful ways of teaching JavaScript in a fun and concrete way.

Controlling the Production Chain

Wakanda’s full-stack approach gives you control over the whole app production chain – without limiting you in any way.

The open-source approach means that preference is not given to any particular editor and your students don’t end up becoming dependent on a specific solution. Wakanda uses open-source technologies in an open environment. So there is much more emphasis on teaching JavaScript than on using a piece of software. Wakanda works closely alongside the Adullact association to encourage local authorities to adopt open-source software.

By designing apps for use on all devices, you don’t limit your teaching to one particular channel for interacting with users. You can develop apps for mobile devices, the web, or both.

By unifying technologies within JavaScript, you can incorporate the best technologies currently available – as well as those to come – into your app as you upgrade it. So effectively that, while developing your app using JavaScript, you familiarize yourself with the most popular frameworks, as well as learning how to connect your app to a database. 

Switching to Project Mode

Wakanda is an RMAD (Rapid Mobile Application Development) platform which provides you with the opportunity to learn JavaScript while creating your mobile, web, or hybrid app. And at the same time, you familiarize yourself with the market’s most popular frameworks. Essentially, you:

  • Develop your app in 3 or 4 weeks.
  • Learn JavaScript while having fun.
  • Work on a real project with an app that you can publish.

The app you end up developing this way will be your business card. It will showcase the extent of your expertise, the know-how you have acquired, and your ability to autonomously design, develop and publish a mobile app.

Whatever your initial level of knowledge is, learning JavaScript using an end-to-end platform such as Wakanda is your guarantee of success. By learning how to become a full-stack developer, you end up with an understanding of the whole production chain for an app – from design through to development as well as publication.

The types of apps you can develop are only limited by your imagination or requirements: a way for parents to communicate amongst themselves, a fun educational game, a creative app, etc.

If you want to try the platform – here is where you start.

You also may be interested to know why Wakanda is a perfect platform for teachers.

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javascript ,web dev ,web application development

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