Chapter 1

Programming the Web

JavaScript is a powerful language that’s easy to learn! In this chapter, we explain the basics of programming, tell you what JavaScript is, and get you started with writing your first JavaScript commands.

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What Is Programming?

A computer program is a series of instructions that can be understood and followed by a computer. Computer programming, also known as coding, is what we call it when we write these instructions. Computers can’t do things on their own. They need a computer program to tell them what to do. Computer programmers write code to make computers do all sort of things.

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