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How to Make Kittens with JavaScript

Learning how to make kittens with JavaScript is a great way to learn how to use the free Chrome web browser to practice and learn JavaScript.

A subscriber recently suggested the magazine include kid-centric tutorials for Javascript and keeping it fun. Well, kittens are fun so JavaScript and kittens likely meet the criteria.

This tutorial is adapted from an excellent book, JavaScript for Kids, published by No Starch Press, pages 7-9. While you don’t need the book to do the tutorial, buy the book if you’re interested to learn much more about JavaScript in a way kids and non-technical people understand.

Requirements

The best part? You only need a Google Chrome web browser which is free and easy to find at https://www.google.com/chrome, if you don’t have it already on your computer.

Set Up

To get started, you’ll open your Google Chrome web browser, open a blank web page, and then open the coding console for the browser.

  1. First, open your Chrome web browser on your computer, You should see a default page with the Google search field.
  2. In the URL field type about:blank and press the Enter key on your keyboard to display a blank page.
  3. Display the coding console. If you use Windows or Linux, hold the Ctrl and Shift keys down as you press the J key. If you use a Mac, hold the Ctrl and Option keys as you press the J key.

Your Chrome web browser should look like this:

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Google Chrome with blank page and coding console

 

Notice the Console tab is one of many tabs, the farthest right tab. Click the Console tab if somehow you get lost. For this tutorial, you only need to use the Console tab.

Let’s Warm Up

Before we make fresh warm kittens with JavaScript, we’ll start with a few simple math problems to show how JavaScript, the coding console, and your Chrome web browser work together.

 

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