Use to deepen your understanding of JavaScript

01/19/2021 , 2m, 48s

Hi there friends So today, I wanted to talk about understanding the syntax of JavaScript. Now, I most of us when we're learning JavaScript, we are introduced to each part of syntax and some of its capabilities and we just kind of learn about that syntax through experience of working with it and there's nothing wrong with that approach that's pretty like the the best way to learn anything is really just practical application.

But there are often things that you skip over when you just focus on practical application ofThe of knowledge And especially if JavaScript is the first language that you learn maybe because it does borrow syntax from other languages. Maybe there are things that you just don't know are possible or don't really have a good good grasp on because you don't understand the fundamentals of that syntax in particular.

So what I'm going to suggest to you is that anytime you see some syntax that you're not super familiar with or you think it's one way but things aren't working the way that you expect or something like that. Anytime you see something syntax? I want you to copy that code.

Into a tool called AST Explorer dot net. It's AST is an acronym for abstract syntax trees, which does sound pretty complicated but I promise you that it's nothing magic. It's something that you can learn but go to AST paste in the code on the editor on the left and on the right side, you're going to see a representation of that code in what's called an abstract syntax tree.

You can represent it as like an JSON object or something. And each element of syntax.Has a particular node name and a type and as you click around you should be able to see the name of the AST node for the part of the code that you're looking at.

And so AST Explorer can be a really great way for you to get an understanding of what the different parts of the code represent for the computer and it can also help you get an idea of like, oh this is called an import specifier, but then when I do this with an object that's called an object pattern.

So, maybe those two things like the structuring and imports are not the same.Thing which they aren't So you can go ahead and try some of that. And you'll get a little deeper understanding. The other nice thing about this is that it makes those things Googleable. So instead of saying, hey what's that thing at the import statement or whatever.

You can say I want to learn about import specifiers and then you can Google around about that. So, hopefully that's helpful to use kind of interesting to play around with AST I wish you the best of luck and I hope you have a stellar day and we'll see you in the future.