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Shannon Crabill
Shannon Crabill

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I've Rediscovered How Fun Javascript Can Be, Ask Me Anything!

I remember when Javascript finally clicked for me way back in 2017.

It was magical.

I could build apps with weird functionality without too much overhead.

Then, my focus changed, life happened.

Nearly 3 years later (after learning OOP, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails in the meantime) I'm back on the Javascript train and ready to keep experimenting and learning.

AMA.

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Ben Halpern

What lead you to stray from JS inbetween?

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Shannon Crabill Ask Me Anything • Edited on

The million-dollar question!

There is no Javascript in email development (my day job) so dabbling with that was strictly an evenings/weekend thing. Looking back at 2018, I spoke at 3 conferences which took up a lot of my spare time. And I bought a house, moved, enrolled/completed a nanodegree (which did have some complex Javascript at its core, but I was mostly playing catch up) and started looking into new roles. In 2019, more of the same, but by Spring things started to calm down.

It wasn't that I didn't want to do more with Javascript, I was just had other priorities.

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Ryan Dsouza

What was the one feature in JS that helped you out the most while solving a given problem or issue?

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Shannon Crabill Ask Me Anything

It's not ideal but I still use a lot of console.logs() to quickly test my outputs or to see if my functions are firing. Using typeof has also been helpful.

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AnupKTarafder

Everyone I know, uses this. I have at least one console log in every function.

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csharplove

I got a question I’m in love with C# and I’m considering on stop learning it until I learn JavaScript ,My question is should I learn first c# or JavaScript ?

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jappyjan

Wrong question.

Learn what you need and what you want to.

If you want to learn Javascript, do it.

No language is generally better than another. It always depends on what you want to achieve...

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csharplove

Thanks for your answer & yes definitely I’m going to start doing that focusing on what I need to achieve ..

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Seanmclem

Optional chaining.. You love it?

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Shannon Crabill Ask Me Anything

I had not heard of optional chaining, but I like the idea of it. I'll have test it out.

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Jiří Tarašovič

Why don't use typescript instead?

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Shannon Crabill Ask Me Anything

I'm not familiar with typescript.

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Laud B

Awesome! What's your new javascript thing to do now that you didn't do before?

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Shannon Crabill Ask Me Anything

I hadn't used fetch much before now, so I am looking forward to using it and experimenting with APIs.

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Waylon Walker

What is your favorite new feature that you discovered.

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Shannon Crabill Ask Me Anything

It's really new but the move to let and const over var is great. Everything feels so much cleaner and easier to troubleshoot.

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Waylon Walker

Const is great! Array.map is my favorite. I never write for loops in is anymore.

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RolandiXor (Roland L. Taylor)

Why does JavaScript hate me? All I did was call it all sorts of bad names...

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José Coelho

I see you’re an Email developer, what does that entail? And how do you use Javascript for that?

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csharplove

Is JavaScript Object Oriented Language ?

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jappyjan

Not from day one. But it's possible by now.

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Scott Tadman

What did you pick up from Ruby that impacted your JavaScript development style?

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Shannon Crabill Ask Me Anything

Learning the fundamentals behind OOP has been game changing. I feel like I get stuck less or if I do, I know what to try to work toward a solution. 💪