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Tutorials

Are you new to JavaScript, or trying to learn advanced techniques? These tutorials will show you step by step how to create and add JavaScript code to any Web page. There are also many advanced tutorials to enhance your understanding of the language. For Ajax instructions, see our Ajax tutorial section.

  • Learn How to Use and Get the Most out of Regular Expressions
    Jan Goyvaerts Jun 17, 2009

    This tutorial is quite unique because it not only explains the regular expression (regex) syntax, but also describes in detail how the regex engine actually goes about its work.

  • The JavaScript Chronicles - Data Types
    Thomas Valentine Feb 2, 2009

    There are a number of different types of data that can be used with JavaScript. Understanding each one is of paramount importance when you begin to write more complex scripts that require the use of more than one type of data.

  • The JavaScript Chronicles
    Thomas Valentine Jan 26, 2009

    Want to make your page pop? JavaScript may be the answer. Check out this in-depth series, which covers JavaScript from A-Z.

  • Coupling Async Scripts
    Steve Souders Dec 27, 2008

    This article discusses two parallel issues: how async scripts make the page load faster, and how async scripts and inline scripts can be coupled using a variation of John Resig’s Degrading Script Tags pattern.

  • Creating a Virtual jQuery Keyboard
    Kishore Nallan Oct 22, 2008

    This tutorial explains how to implement a simple virtual keyboard with some help from jQuery. An excellent technique for use when security is important.

  • Google Calendar API: Developer's Guide
    Oct 22, 2008

    This document describes how to use the JavaScript client library to send Google Data API queries and interpret returned responses. You might use the API to: create a Web front end to let people view their Google Calendar information from within your site; publicize upcoming events by programmatically adding them to Google Calendar; build an application to sync between Google Calendar and mobile devices; or create mashups with other APIs like Google Maps.

  • Popular JavaScript Framework Libraries: An Overview
    Rob Gravelle Oct 22, 2008

    JavaScript Framework libraries have become an integral part of Web development. This series presents an overview of a dozen of the most popular JavaScript Frameworks. This particular installment focuses on Prototype, script.aculo.us, and MooTools.

  • Yahoo! UI Library: Paginator
    Oct 22, 2008

    The Paginator Control allows you to reduce the page size and render time of your site or Web application by breaking up large data sets into smaller pages. Paginator addresses the navigation aspect of chunked content, offering a set of controls that it can render into your UI to allow users to navigate through logical sections of local or remote data.

  • MooTools Basic Tips for Web Designer: Part 3 - Interaction with HTML Forms
    Antonio Lupetti Sep 25, 2008

    This tutorial series illustrates some simple tips to begin working with MooTools. This installment illustrates how to implement simple interactions with form input elements using this powerful framework and unobtrusive JavaScript code.

  • Jeene: An Automatic Partial Evaluator for JavaScript
    Karl Krukow Sep 14, 2008

    This tutorial shows that is is possible to create an online partial evaluator for JavaScript, written also in JavaScript. This is the first in a series describing the inner workings of Jeene.

  • Seven Ways to Toggle an Element
    Dustin Diaz Sep 14, 2008

    There are an unlimited number of ways to toggle an element's display using JavaScript. Although it has been around for awhile, toggling still proves itself to be useful in improving user interaction. Here are seven methods of implementing the technique.

  • Getting Started With jQuery QUnit for Client-Side Javascript Testing
    Chad Myers Aug 29, 2008

    This tutorial examines QUnit, the jQuery-based unit test framework, and shows how to implement it in your testing procedures.

  • MooTools Basic Tips for Web Designer: Part 2 - Writing Unobtusive JavaScript Code
    Antonio Lupetti Aug 23, 2008

    This tutorial series illustrates some simple tips to begin working with MooTools. This installment illustrates how to obtain the ID of DOM elements using MooTools and unobtrusive elegant code.

  • MooTools Basic Tips for Web Designer: Part 1
    Antonio Lupetti Aug 21, 2008

    This tutorial series illustrates some simple tips to begin working with MooTools. This first installment shows how to manipulate element properties, in particular how to get DOM element by ID, how to use getStyle(), setStyle(), and toInt() and some examples to introduce writing unobtrusive JavaScript code.

  • Bring Your Forms to Life With JavaScript
    Kris Hadlock Jul 22, 2008

    This tutorial will show how to prevent errors in your forms and ultimately bring them to life using JavaScript.

  • How to Populate Fields from New Windows
    Jonathan Fenocchi Jul 22, 2008

    Occasionally, filling out forms can be daunting. Fortunately, some forms display a question mark next to the form field, which opens a popup window containing additional information. In this tutorial you'll learn how to enhance the functionality of those windows.

  • JavaScript Shell Command from JDK
    Herong Yang Jul 22, 2008

    This tutorial provides introductions and examples on the JavaScript shell command included in the JDK package. Topics include downloading and installing JDK 1.6, ECMAScript engine, running JavaScript code in command line, interactive or batch mode.

  • Non-blocking JavaScript Downloads
    Stoyan Stefanov Jul 22, 2008

    External JavaScript files block downloads and hurt your page performance, but there is an easy way to work around this problem: use dynamic scripts tags and load scripts in parallel, improving the page loading speed and the user experience.

  • An Introduction to JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
    Rob Gravelle Apr 21, 2008

    JavaScript Object Notation, or JSON for short, is a lightweight data-interchange format which may prove to be a viable alternative to XML for IT developers. It's easy to read and write by people as well as for machines to parse and generate.

  • JSONVid: Pure JavaScript Video Player
    Jacob Seidelin Apr 21, 2008

    Jacob Seidelin went on a mission to create a pure JavaScript video player that didn't use Flash. The result: JSONVid.

  • Advanced JavaScript Debugging Techniques
    Mike Wilcox Apr 3, 2008

    The purpose of this tutorial is to provide a list of advanced debugging techniques that are not easily found elsewhere on the web. We all worship at the altar of Firebug, but there are things that can go beyond a console.log().

  • Using CSS and Mootools to Simulate Flash Horizontal Navigation Effect
    Antonio Lupetti Mar 25, 2008

    This tutorial explains how to use Mootools and pure CSS/HTML code to simulate a Flash horizontal navigation effect. Easy to implement, with complete source code.

  • Eloquent JavaScript
    Marijn Haverbeke Mar 18, 2008

    This is a comprehensive introduction to the JavaScript programming language. In addition, it also contains plenty of example programs, and a console to try them out and test them.

  • How to Create Remote AJax Requests
    Kris Hadlock Mar 18, 2008

    One of the most common questions about Ajax is whether it's possible to create remote or cross-domain Ajax requests. The answer is yes and in this tutorial you'll learn how to create an Ajax-enabled podcast aggregator with PHP and Ajax.

  • JavaScript Metaclass Programming
    Neil Roberts Mar 18, 2008

    In this tutorial series, Neil Roberts looks at metaclass programming and how to implement it in JavaScript. Metaclass programming is the programming that builds a class. Since most of the time a metaclass simply takes an already declared class and manipulates it, you can think of a metaclass as a template: a class goes in, and a specifically structured class comes out.