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Easy to Learn
Because this ecosystem is so large, you will be able to quickly develop functional applications thanks to its well documented open-source libraries. Not only that, but since so many people are also building useful tools and contributing to the ecosystem, you’ll have loads of support and guidance at your disposal should you need to troubleshoot or inquire about best practices.
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Contribute to Open-Source Projects
The first way is an entirely learn-by-doing approach: contribute to open-source projects.
But how do you find projects that accept contributions? GitHub is the first place to go — the platform features thousands of open-source software projects that welcome pull requests. The pull request feature on GitHub allows any developer to copy the code, make changes to it and submit it for the project owners to review (and possibly accept). This egghead.io article has some great tips on how to find projects geared toward first-time pull-requesters.
The downside to learning by contributing to open-source code is that it might be cumbersome to search for projects you feel comfortable contributing to, and even if you do find one that you get excited about, submitting your first pull request can be intimidating.
Many tutorials even have accompanying resources that let you tinker with their sample code. The great benefit of tutorials is that you can apply what you are learning in easy-to-use environments like browser-based IDEs and text editors such as CodePen or repl.
Take a Udacity Course
We also explored ways to embark on your educational journey. Although GitHub and online tutorials are valuable resources, if you’re interested in understanding the language efficiently and thoroughly, we suggest taking a free professional course like the one offered by Udacity. This way, you have access to a cost-effective method for learning without wasting your time and resources.