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INTELLISENSEBy Michele McMillan

1. Research your IDE – This will become your closest ally. I recommend looking at what is available beyond Eclipse or Visual Studio.
2. Use an editor that allows you to collapse and expand your functions so you can tell where code blocks end easily
3. Alerts (‘are your best friend’). Whenever you aren’t sure what is going on, think, where I would put my alert.
4. Everyone copy/pastes in the beginning. Comparing similar code blocks is a great way to learn how things work. Don’t feel bad about it.
5. Javascript is my favorite gateway drug. If you have HTML down, I always recommend moving to Javasacript next. The console in the Google Chrome Browser is a great way to start.
6. JSFiddle, someone else has done it before. Searching for the example can sometimes be more of a learning experience than initially searching for the explanation.
7. Loops can be confusing. Basically, whatever you have, you need to know the number of them that occur. That number is frequently called the length, or a count.
8. Intellisense – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE INTELLISENSE IT WILL SAVE YOU SO MUCH TIME! I learned without intellisense because I frequently had reference/dll issues in the beginning. intellisense will inspire you to think on your own.
9. Copy/Paste, becomes type. Once you understand how to copy/ paste correctly to combine functioning blocks, begin typing variables out to see what else you can do with them.
10. Just because it is on a computer doesn’t mean you need to look at it there. I frequently hand-write out what I want my code to do, and I also keep notes of what doesn’t work, and the error messages.