Like many geeks, I learned most my development skills in bits and pieces. Google was (and always will be) my friend along the way; Googling different functions and examples as I needed them served me well before.
I used my own knowledge of my own learning style along with some deep work concepts I’ve been learning about to chisel out time just for learning deeply. This meant immersing myself in learning the course material by spending time every day going through the course, practicing, or reviewing notes.
Know the Kind of Course you’re Getting
- I wanted to learn from someone I was at least familiar with. Someone trusted.
- I had to cover not only my best learning style, but a variety of them, because when I immerse myself in a subject I like having lots of different ways to learn something!
- It needed to be paced in mostly shorter, well-documented steps, with examples and easy-to-understand audio
- It needed to start from the beginning and fill in that foundational knowledge
The WordPress Way – Learn it I Will
So I wanted to learn deeply, but also with a bit of an emphasis on WordPress standards and resources as well.
I spend time taking notes, reviewing videos and looking at further resources, and sometimes re-writing my notes (I can’t help it; I have a problem with perfection).
Zac spends time at the end of most sections explaining how you can more deeply learn the material by practicing in the browser and by playing with code yourself. And he usually gives examples of specific things you should try to emulate before continuing on to the next lesson.
The Course Modules:
Each of the four parts of the course include a depth of videos, notes, links to further documentation, and a lot more. As an example, I just finished the first part of the course, except for the full hands-on project.
I’ve spent over 20 hours (closer to 30-40) going through all the modules within this course, reading additional documentation, and hitting up some of my fellow humans for help explaining some topics.
You can see a list of all the modules and submodules available in the first section so far (yeah, it’s a lot! I know!):
- 1.2.02 – Statements, Expressions and Keywords [3:58]
- 1.2.04 – Data Types – Boolean [1:18]
- 1.2.05 – Data Types – Strings [4:52]
- 1.2.06 – Data Types – Numbers & NaN [7:22]
- 1.2.07 – Data Types – Objects [2:52]
- 1.2.08 – Data Types – Symbols [2:59]
- 1.2.10 – Strong versus Weak Typing and typeof [2:14]
- 1.2.16 – Do While and While Loops [5:34]
- 1.2.17 – When to Use For, Do While and While Loops [1:12]
- 1.2.19 – For In and For Of Loops [3:36]
- 1.2.20 – Introduction to Functions [6:07]
- 1.2.21 – Function Parameters [5:28]
- 1.2.22 – Returning Values from Functions [5:19]
1.3 The DOM [4:55:28]
- 1.3.01 – Introduction to the DOM [5:57]
- 1.3.02 – Exploring the DOM in the browser [6:30]
- 1.3.03 – Selecting Nodes in the DOM [9:47]
- 1.3.04 – Traversing the DOM [12:28 – 2 Videos]
- 1.3.05 – Getting and Setting DOM Node Values [15:13 – 2 Videos]
- 1.3.06 – Getting and Setting Attribute Node Values [15:00 – 2 Videos]
- 1.3.07 – Getting and Setting Form Values – Part 1 [42:43 – 5 Videos]
- 1.3.07 – Getting and Setting Form Values – Part 2 [38:29 – 4 Videos]
- 1.3.08 – Styling Nodes in the DOM [32:21 – 4 Videos]
- 1.3.09 – Creating Nodes [13:55 – 2 Videos]
- 1.3.10 – Adding Nodes to the DOM [13:12 – 2 Videos]
- 1.3.11 – Cloning Nodes [21:09 – 3 Videos]
- 1.3.12 – Removing Nodes from the DOM [8:44]
- 1.4.1 – Introduction to DOM Events [41:28]
- 1.4.2 – Inline Events [12:41]
- 1.4.3 – Global Event Handlers [16:31]
- 1.4.4 – Event Listeners [8:28]
- 1.4.5 – Removing Event Listeners [15:14]
- 1.4.6 – Event Propagation – Capturing and Bubbling [20:26]
- 1.4.7 – The Event Object [10:13]
- 1.4.8 – A Look at More Events [5:57]
1.5 – JSON & Local Storage [0:51:02]
- 1.5.1 – An Introduction to JSON [11:42]
- 1.5.3 – Introduction to Local Storage [14:17]