Thomas Fuchs
Hi, I'm Thomas Fuchs. I'm the author of Zepto.js, of script.aculo.us, and I'm a Ruby on Rails core alumnus. With Amy Hoy I'm building cheerful software, like Freckle Time Tracking and Every Time Zone and write books like Retinafy.me.
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Help make JavaScript documentation better!

September 27th, 2010

JavaScript Reference, JavaScript Guide, JavaScript API, JS API, JS Guide, JS Reference, Learn JS, JS Documentation

JavaScript is awesome. I think we can all agree on that (or you’re reading the wrong blog, I suppose). The state of JavaScript documentation? Is not so great. Besides that we need a concerted effort to create better documentation resources and tutorials for programmers new to the language, the top hits for search terms like “JavaScript documentation” or “JavaScript tutorial” are all pointing at spammy SEO-optimized websites.

The JavaScript community is taking action now to solve this—please help us by:

1. Join Promote JS! and put up one of their generated-just-for-you banners up on your blog (best in the sidebar or footer!).
This will help getting valuable links for popular JavaScript-related search terms higher up in Google’s results, so that newbies use the Mozilla documentation and not one of the spammy websites.

2. Write posts! Articles about introductory JavaScript topics are in hot demand! Want some extra hits on your blog? High-quality articles about JavaScript are a good way to go and will help the JavaScript community as a whole!

Today’s newbies are the ones that will take over from us JavaScript gurus in the future! Let’s make it as easy as possible for them to actually learn the language and contribute!