I'm reading David Flanagan's "JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 6th ed".

It only actually tells users how to run JS code on page 311, where users are told of the following solutions:

"Client-side JavaScript code is embedded within HTML documents in four ways:

  • Inline, between a pair of <script> and </script> tags
  • From an external file specified by the src attribute in a <script> tag
  • In an HTML event handler attribute, such as onclick or onmouseover
  • In a URL that uses the special javascript: protocol."

I was wondering what professional JS developers use to write and test their code: Do they use a good text editor with syntax high-lighting + autocompletion, hit F5 in the browser to reload the page every time they make a change, and use some add-on in the browser to investigate errors? Or are there full-fledged IDE's similar to MS VisualStudio for non-web languages?

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  • I have the 5th ed of that book and the first how-to on running JS code with a fully working example of client-side JavaScript is on page 4? – MrWhite Dec 17 '12 at 15:30
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    I don't think this is off topic. Yes, developers use good editors with syntax highlighting. Yes, we refresh a page when we need to test new/updated code. There is also the javascript console (e.g. press shift-ctrl-i in Chrome) which allows adding javascript to a page in real time. – Charlie Schliesser Dec 17 '12 at 18:02

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