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Previously, I wanted to learn Python quickly: Resource to start with Python quickly? and I was quite successful (enough to write a simplified LISP interpreter).

Now I need to learn JavaScript for some web programming using Prototype and Scriptaculous with Ruby on Rails.

Are there any resources to learn JavaScript quickly in reasonable depth? I am not a beginner programmer, but I have no experience with JavaScript.

Are there any good quick tutorials?

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Learn JavaScript with MDN

A set of tutorials from the Mozilla developer network. These are a bit too generally aimed. If I were to pick one article I would pick Re introduction to javascript

If you want to pick up the particularities of JavaScript look at The JavaScript Garden

The official introduction to prototype on their page is a good start for learning prototype. You can read the documentation for any other specifics.

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I would appreciate something even shorter, if you know of something. The official Prototype documentation is really good, thanks:) –  Gabriel Ščerbák May 19 '11 at 21:40
    
@GabrielScerbak the garden is really short for JavaScript :) and added the re introduction link which is solid enough to start with –  Raynos May 19 '11 at 21:41
    
awesome, thank you!:) –  Gabriel Ščerbák May 19 '11 at 21:46
    
@GabrielScerbak another learning resource is asking lots of simple questions on stackoverflow and talking in JavaScript chat @ SO –  Raynos May 19 '11 at 21:48
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