What I’ve been up to

Nothing new to add to the portfolio right now, so I’ve been continuing to study up on AngularJS 1.3 and improving my employee directory app, mostly through code optimizations — I’ve still got a lot to learn.

I bought an e-book version of ng-book by Ari Lerner recently, and have been working my way through it. I have an unusual approach to learning a new language or framework, I think — first I learn what it is, then I study the tutorial, then I study the documentation and try to build something, and then (if I still need it) I buy a good book to help me out.

When I was first learning jQuery, that book was O’Reilly’s jQuery Cookbook by Cody Lindey (et.al.) — it didn’t try to teach me jQuery from scratch, but approached it in a “here’s a problem, here’s how to solve it” way that I personally prefer. (It might be worth mentioning that I was never a good classroom learner in school. In my opinion, the best thing about a good instructional book is that you can learn from it at your own pace.)

ng-book doesn’t use the cookbook approach, but it does walk through AngularJS in a much clearer manner than the documentation does. So far, almost every chapter has taught me something new that I’ve implemented in my existing code. If you were to ask me the best way to learn AngularJS from the beginning, I’d suggest the official tutorial followed by ng-book, and use the documentation to fill in the technical gaps as you implement what you learn.

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