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Writing Vanilla JS Plugins

Learn how to write flexible, modular, scalable JavaScript plugins that grow with you and your users. Together, we’ll convert a simple script into a flexible, developer-friendly plugin.

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What you’ll learn

  • How to write modular code.
  • How to scope code so that it can be dropped into any project.
  • How to expose public functions and APIs in your plugin.
  • How to let users pass in their own options and settings.
  • How to make your plugins work with module bundlers like WebPack and Browserify.
  • How to put it all together and create a working plugin.

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I recommend Chris Ferdinandi to all JavaScript learners :) - Alex Muraro

The Project: Create a Plugin

Reinforce your learning and build your portfolio by creating a real JavaScript plugin. Together, we’ll take a script that mirrors input text and convert it into a flexible, developer-friendly plugin.

You'll also get these awesome bonuses

  • All of the source code and well-documented demos so that you can see the lessons in action.
  • My vanilla JavaScript toolkit, packed with cheat sheets, code snippets, boilerplates, helper functions, polyfills, and a growing list of recommended vanilla JS plugins.
  • Exclusive access to my private Slack team, where you can chat with other students, get feedback on code, ask questions, and share the latest tips, tricks, and strategies for going vanilla JavaScript.

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God, you're amazing... I'm learning so much from you. - Mojtaba Seyedi, Front End Developer

About the Instructor

Chris Ferdinandi

Hi, I’m Chris Ferdinandi. I write vanilla JavaScript plugins that are used by organizations like Apple, Harvard Business School, and CNN.

I want to help you master vanilla JavaScript, without all of the painful false starts and roadblocks I encountered when I was learning.

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Get everything you need to start mastering DOM manipulation with vanilla JavaScript:

  • The Mini Course (in streaming HD video format)
  • The Source Code & Demos
  • The Vanilla JavaScript Toolkit
  • Exclusive Slack Access
  • FREE Updates for Life

Pre-order as part of the Complete Set or Advanced Bundle and save 30% off the launch price.

Clarity. Brevity. Unpretentious explanation. Care for best practices. Obvious attentiveness. Available to help "unstuck" students. You actually rock, Chris. - Kabolobari

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the mini course include new ES6 methods?
Yes. Where applicable, I cover new ES6 functions and browser APIs. I also include polyfills when available to push browser support as far back as possible.
What happens if I buy a mini course and you release an update? Will I need to buy the new version, too?
No. You get free updates for life, sent to you by email whenever new content is available.
Can I buy a DVD version of the mini course?
Mini courses are available exclusively in digital formats. This makes it easy for you to get updates whenever new techniques, approaches, and best practices emerge. Given the rapidly changing nature of the web, this ensures you'll always have the latest and greatest version of the course.
Do you offer team discounts?
If you want to purchase more than one copy of the mini courses, email me at chris@gomakethings.com.
Do you offer a student discount?
Absolutely! This applies to anyone in any type of schooling, including evening classes and coding bootcamps. Learn more about student discounts.
I have a poor exchange rate in USD. There's no way I can afford this.
I totally get that in some countries salaries and cost of living are such that the mini courses are unaffordable. Send me an email at chris@gomakethings.com and I'll send you a discount to make it fair for where you live.
I'm not a student. Any other discounts?
Yep. I've had a lot of helping getting where I am, and I want to pay it forward. If you're a member of an under-represented group in tech, you can get special pricing. Learn more about discounts for under-represented groups in tech.

I lost or never received my download link. What do I do?
Visit https://gomakethings.com/self-service and enter the email address you used to make your purchase to have your download links resent to you.
Are there any restrictions on the mini courses or source code?
Nope. I trust you to do the right thing. My content is 100% DRM free. If you'd like to share the mini course with others, please email me at chris@gomakethings.com for information about team pricing.
Do I need any special tools or equipment to use the mini courses?
All you need to work with the source code, projects and labs is a modern web browser and a text editor (I recommend Code). The mini courses are in a streamable web format, so you can watch it on any device you own.
Do I need any prior knowledge or experience to learn vanilla JavaScript?
Ideally you're comfortable working with HTML and CSS already. Experience with another library or framework (like jQuery, React, and so on) is helpful but not required. If you're brand new to JavaScript, the course is a great resource! If you have any specific questions, though, please email me at chris@gomakethings.com.
Are there any rules or requirements around the Slack team?
Yes. You must be at least 18 years old, and read and agree to follow the Code of Conduct.
I can't use Stripe to pay but really want to buy the mini courses. How else can I buy it?
Send me an email at chris@gomakethings.com and we'll work something out so that you're able to purchase the course.
I have another question.
No problem! Send me an email at chris@gomakethings.com.

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