robotic drone controlled with JavaScript code

Depending on who you ask, a lot of professional developers would argue that JavaScript is one of the most, if not the most, accessible coding language out there. So what does that mean? It means you can do some pretty amazing things with it without years and years of training. That being said, JavaScript also builds some awesome and complex interactive websites and applications.

One of the best things about JavaScript is that it can do all of the things we expect from a coding language. One thing that makes it especially exciting is the capability to build interactive elements. Let’s take a look at some things possible with JavaScript, from simple to complex.

Simple Functionality

Let’s start simple first. JavaScript is perfect for tinkering with code to make some small, but pretty cool modifications. Edit things like buttons, images, and simple calculations. With a few introduction classes and a cursory knowledge of applying JavaScript, these small alterations are the perfect way to dip your toes in coding with results you can see right in your browser.

Controlled Robots and Drones

It seems like you can’t get through a day without hearing something about robots or drones. If these pique your interest, with a little bit of JavaScript know-how, you can make a drone fly from your web browser. JavaScript and Node.js, makes it pretty easy to control robotics using bluetooth. There are a ton of demos out there on the web, with some working knowledge of JavaScript, you can fly control your drone with a device or your computer.

Web Games Powered By JavaScript

Now onto the more complex applications. JavaScript is great for building websites that don’t just inform, but interact with the person viewing the site. Warning: if you’re busy or have a ton of work to get done today, don’t click the link below, it’s pretty distracting. This multiplayer web game connects with your mobile device to navigate a meteor to destroy buildings on the ground. Fun, and a cool look at what JavaScript is capable of. The game Multeor was developed by Arjen de Vries and Filidor Wiese in JavaScript and uses HTML Canvas, backed by Node.js to communicate between server and desktop. If you have some time to kill, take a look at how this web application communicates with your mobile device. All brought to you by JavaScript. Go on, take a break, you deserve it.

JavaScript Interactive Art

(The following description does not do this site justice. You should visit for yourself.)

One of our favorite examples of JavaScript in action is this website turned storytelling experience. As a user, you’re completely in control of the pace of the story and each ‘scene’ adds another element. Created to communicate a harrowing journey, the movement created on the page makes the story much more impactful. While a huge feat, this website uses JavaScript to resemble the feeling of a rocking boat along with Canvas, three.js, and text layers of CSS3. Explore the story here, or read up on how the creators made it all possible.

How Will You Use JavaScript?

These are just a few of the many, many examples of JavaScript at work. From simple to complex, JavaScript can be used in so many ways, the possibilities are endless.

So, what’s your big idea? If these examples spurred some creativity, dream big and make it happen. When you’re ready to get started in JavaScript to build your big idea, there’s no time like the present. You can take some introductory classes to get the feel of what your future might look like in coding or jump right in and join our upcoming JavaScript course!

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