3. Tools of the Trade

The goal for the first part of this book is to provide a context for the rest of the book, especially Part 2: JavaScript Fundamentals. As you saw in the first two chapters, this context includes an overview of what JavaScript is, a bit of its history, some programming approaches, and a quick introduction to how you’ll use JavaScript within HTML. This chapter discusses the last piece of the introductory puzzle: the software you’ll use to write, execute, and debug JavaScript. Along the way you’ll also find plenty of online resources with which you should familiarize yourself.

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