So why did I start this journey and what is so special about that e-mail? Lets start about 3 years ago.
The journey of 1000 miles
While I was familiar with HTML and CSS, JS seemed a lot more complicated. In my Distance Learning class, everyone dreaded the JS assignments. We were just changing the inputs, but it seemed daunting. I found a tool I really liked for the assignment so I could use it on my phone and iPad JS Anywhere. I worked through some tutorials, but they always seemed to assume some prior knowledge. After the class I didn’t really have any projects that needed it so I put it aside for a while.
Fast forward a couple of years, I signed up for my first xAPI cohort. The statements are written in JSON a close cousin to JS. A found a renewed desire to learn JS. After the cohort, I bought books, I watched webinars, I tried code school. Ultimately what worked was, of all things, the Khan Academy. It started from the basics and worked up to more complex coding. I still had trouble starting from scratch, but I could understand what was going on. More importantly, I understood how to edit code.
The first step
My first project was for work. I spent endless hours with a process that had too many steps. I had to create a training with a link in articulate storyline, upload the file and then after 2 weeks, recreate the training with a new link, create a new training and upload that one. Why couldn’t I just create 1 training where the link changed in 2 weeks? The answer, I could, with JS! I read blog posts, I looked a web sites I stole some code. The major credit is probably to Matt Bibby, but Zsolt Olah may have given me some ideas as well. Did it work? Yes. Oh, the time I have saved! End user experience? They don’t notice a difference. But that is the point really.
Are you ready for the JS journey?
I have taken my journey and created a tutorial on how to complete your own articulate storyline js example. I’ve used articulate rise to create the tutorial. What are you waiting for? Take the first step.