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Source: JavaScript For Cats

Example:

JavaScript started as a way to make web pages more interactive. Nowadays JavaScript runs in more places than just web browsers — it runs on web servers, phones and even robots! This page will teach you some JavaScript basics so that you can get up and running in no time*.

* Actual time: more than none. Probably an hour or two. Also since you are a cat you are less likely to run and more likely to lay around in the sun

I don't really understand what he means by more than none in the context of that paragraph.

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  • "You can get up and running in no time" --- Note: "Actual time (until you're up and running) is going to be more than zero". I'm not sure why the author(s) chose none to indicate "in no time". Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 11:43

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The answer to

How much time did it take?
Did it take long?

if it was done quickly, is

None.

It is an AmE colloquialism, without additional comment.

So the authors are saying you will learn Javascript very quickly

in no time

but literally no time would mean 0(zero) minutes, which would not be possible, even as a cat.
It may also be a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer to prevent false advertising claims.

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  • But why did the author use "More than none" ?
    – Varun Nair
    Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 12:09
  • Because the time it will take is >0(zero). He could have easily have said a few minutes, a couple of hours. To say "Actual time:" in that way sets it up more as a joke. He then plays a pun between up and running (an idiom) and physical running as a cat.
    – Peter
    Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 12:16
  • Yeah, I took a little time to understand the context. I got the Idea now. +1 for the answer.
    – Varun Nair
    Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 12:18
  • You kind of need to understand the geeky-techy humour side of it. First clue should have been: Javascript For Cats (!), everyone knows cats don't like coffee...
    – Peter
    Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 12:22

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