6 rules for mastering AngularJS

In no particular order of importance here are some rules/tips I follow when learning new programming language/framework. I am sure they can be applied to any language, but in this post I will focus primary on AngularJS.

AngularJS learning curve can be at times steep, very steep indeed- so early last year when I was trying to pick up the framework myself these tips/rules proved to be invaluable:

  1. When you are just starting make sure you learn from many simple examples, rather than from one that’s very complicated. Good example here would be series of tutorials from egghead.io – short & focused.
  2. It is important that you try to learn in time blocks and fairly frequently – e.g. 90 minutes every day.  Back when I first started with AngularJS, taking a two weeks break from using directives proved to be too long – I usually had to start from a blank page to “get back into the zone”. On another note, in my experience if you don’t work regularly on a project that seems very exiting at first you lose your interest & motivation.
  3. Always type in all of the code examples by hand, you may be tempted to just copy/paste, but typing in yourself will help you to get familiar with the syntax quickly (especially if there are plenty special characters such as “(“, “{” , “[” etc.. ).
  4. Always try to add something from yourself in every exercise you try,  maybe add extra parameters or functionality. For example, if the example you are working on means just submitting a form (just in browser memory), you can try extend this with LocalStorage or real database (MongoDB/Restangular/MongoLabs).
  5. Share what you have already learnt with the world, every tested and working example/exercise you have done can be of a great value to other people – share your code on GitHub, JSFiddle or write a blog post – this will help others following the same path as well may help you stay motivated & engaged.
  6. If you have a big resource on a language/framework you want to master – something like a book or a video course. I aways do my best to read/watch the whole thing. You don’t have to fully understand  what is going on – but if you get stuck on something that you know was covered in the book/video you will know exactly where to look for a solution. I highly recommend ng-book, but if you have a very strong willpower documentation will be good as well.

Here is a short list of other resources I’ve found very useful:

That would be all, if you have any tips please do share with us in the comments.

2 thoughts on “6 rules for mastering AngularJS”

  1. It is often said that one must first learn to walk before learning how to run… Also everyone might stumble when learning how to walk. It’s just part of the game. There are a lot of learning resources and tutorials though all may not be aimed at the same target audience. It’s therefore essential to start with a pattern you feel confortable with and avoir burning the steps. Go at tour own pace. In my case Dan Wahlin AngularJS JumpStart helped me solved ambiguities. You’re entirely right when you mention trying to add a bit of your own code. That’s the key. We always need model or reference samples to start with. Some may indeed be pretty impressive. Still being able to adapt and develop an AngularJS logic and pattern that corresponds to our own needs and environment is often what makes a big difference.

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