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Building a JavaScript Development Environment

by Cory House

Starting a new JavaScript project from scratch is overwhelming. This course provides a playbook outlining the key decisions you need to make. Build a robust development environment that handles bundling, linting, transpiling, testing, and much more.

What you'll learn

Welcome to Building a JavaScript Development Environment. In this course, you will explore the long list of decisions and patterns for building your own JavaScript development from scratch using modern tooling. You will get there by learning about major topics like transpiling, bundling, testing, and npm scripts for automation.

By the end of this course, you will be able to create a rapid feedback JavaScript development experience that suits your team's unique preferences.

Before you begin, make sure you are already familiar with JavaScript and HTML.

After this course, you'll be ready to move on to building applications in a wide array of technologies including Angular, React, Node.js, and Electron.

I hope you'll join me, and I look forward to helping you on your learning journey here at Pluralsight.

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Course Overview

Course FAQ

What will I learn in this course?

In this course, you will learn to create a rapid feedback JavaScript dev environment and be ready to build apps in a variety of different technologies.

What software is required?

You will want to download Git and have an account. You will also need a JavaScript editor. If you don't already have a favorite, we will discuss how to select an editor that meets your needs.

What prerequisites are needed?

You will need to be already familiar with JavaScript and HTML.

What is a JavaScript development environment used for?

Building a JavaScript development environment means that you don't have to start every new project from scratch. You will have a solid foundation customized to your specific needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is for developers and teams looking for a reusable JavaScript environment that supports automated testing, bundling, linting, error logging, and more.

About the author

Cory is the principal consultant at, where he has helped dozens of companies transition to React. Cory has trained over 10,000 software developers at events and businesses worldwide. He is a seven time Microsoft MVP, and speaks regularly at conferences around the world. Cory lives in Kansas City and is active on Twitter as @housecor.

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