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Take your JavaScript to the next level with the new net

Ever since it broke out of the browser, JavaScript has been evolving at a rate of knots. In the latest issue of net, Code School’s Sergio Cruz runs through the new features, tools and libraries that are transforming the way we use the language today. His tips cover the latest features, functional programming, server-side JS, UI frameworks and more.

For a taster of what you can expect, take a look at Sergio’s roundup of five extra awesome features (opens in new tab)

This month’s freebie 

All readers can download a free chapter on from Val Head’s latest book, Designing Interface Animation. In it, you’ll discover how to create different types of prototypes for your animation ideas; from sketches to motion comps and interactive prototypes.

Get issue 285 of net magazine here! (opens in new tab)

This issue you’ll also find and a guide to creating animations using the FLIP technique, a behind-the-scenes look at the all-new and improved FWA website and lots, lots more – take a flick through some of the pages below... 

As frontend development gets increasingly complex and advanced, testing is more important than ever before. This month, Alicia Sedlock breaks down your different testing options and explains how and when to use each one. 

There's also an exclusive Q and A with James Veich, author of Dot Con and host of the Brand Impact Awards (opens in new tab), in which he reveals how he took on email scammers and won, all in the name of comedy.

This issue has a Generate theme, with some of the best speakers from the upcoming London and Bangalore events sharing their views and advice. Jonathan Snook (opens in new tab) walks through how to make a web app responsive using container queries, there’s an exclusive interview with Opera’s Bruce Lawson (opens in new tab), Eva-Lotta Lamm (opens in new tab) shares her essential tips for sketching, Mike Kus (opens in new tab) imparts some advice for surviving as a designer beyond 2020, and Micah Godbolt (opens in new tab) introduces new pattern library tool Fractal. 

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Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at T3.com, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.