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Upskilling his web programming expertise with JavaScript: Meet Jean-Claude

I’m a software developer with many years of Java and Web programming experience. However, I recently attended an industry conference and realized that Web programming has changed a lot in recent years, especially with the release of new standards such as HTML5 and ES6. I realized that I needed to upskill and refresh my knowledge of Web programming in order to be best prepared for my job. Although I have extensive experience with Java, JavaScript is an entirely different language! I needed a resource that helped me to understand the basic concepts and apply them to my work.

I started looking into online learning options, and found the wide variety of courses from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) available on the edX platform. Last year I started with HTML5 Coding Essentials and Best Practices, and this year I earned the W3C Front-End Web Developer Professional Certificate after completing the final JavaScript Introduction course!

This newly-released W3Cx course was extremely engaging and well-produced. Not only was the JavaScript syntax well explained, but the course instructor also demonstrated many best practices and different ways of solving problems in both JavaScript and ES6. I also like the flexibility provided by the courses – many lessons had several different optional projects where you can directly apply the learned skills. Depending on the time you have available, more or less time can be spent on these projects. However, I really enjoyed posting my projects in the class forum and receiving feedback from my classmates and the instructor!

With this course from W3C on edX, I was able to deepen my knowledge of JavaScript and upgrade to ES6. Now I am ready for new challenges in the HTML5 and JavaScript environment, and feel better prepared for both my current job, and any future opportunities that come my way. I highly recommend all W3Cx courses for anyone interested in learning the foundational programming languages for Web development. I am already looking forward to seeing what new courses become available from W3C!

Last updated: October 2017