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Notes from previous [[Front-end Web Development]] classes.
  
==== Class for 2013-07-22: AJAX ====
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==== Class for 2015-05-18: version control (Git) and the command line ====
We talked about Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, a technology that allows us to talk to a server without leaving the page. jQuery makes this extremely easy. We added AJAX functionality to [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class11/lecture.zip our app we've been building on]. We used this [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class12/tweet.php.zip PHP file] to test it out.
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This class is a general overview on version control and the command line. I've taught how to use an FTP client to upload files to the web, but the truth is that most developers don't do that anymore - rather, they collaborate with their peers by using version control systems, which allows them to keep track of their work in a reliable fashion and push it to the web.
  
'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi1arhXXQsw Lecture video]'''<br>
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Again, this class isn't about web development per se - it's just an important introduction to using the command line to work with Git, one of the most popular version control systems. Everyone will create their own fork of a repository and check in their work.
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class12/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2013-07-15: jQuery, cont'd ====
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During the half-hour before the class, we'll help people set up Git on their computers. On OS X, you'll need to download Xcode from the App Store, and on Windows you should install [http://msysgit.github.io/ Git for Windows]. Also, please sign up for a [https://github.com GitHub] account.
We continued learning about jQuery by focusing on [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class10/lecture.zip the example we saw last week]. We added functionality to it that made it seem more like the real thing.
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'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Bublxub3w Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xy8U4B7834 Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class11/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/shakespeare7 Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2013-07-08: jQuery ====
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==== Class for 2015-05-11: the mobile web ====
We introduced jQuery, a JavaScript library that makes web programming a whole lot easier. jQuery is the most popular of many libraries that allow us to interact with the document easily, while also providing us with a few tools that are missing from the base language.
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We'll take [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series6/class17/blog.zip this blog] and turn it into a mobile-accessible website via the use of media queries. We'll also talk about the rest of the world of the mobile web: user agent strings (and why you shouldn't trust them), mobile frameworks (and why they're not perfect), and the use of HTML5/CSS3 in mobile website and app development.
  
To learn what jQuery can do, we added some scripting to [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class10/assets.zip this sample web app].
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cGwDv1MSPU Lecture video]<br>
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class17/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP3MgfcStxg Lecture video]'''<br>
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==== Class for 2014-10-06: CSS3 ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class10/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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We've covered CSS3 before, but in the context of a mockup. We'll look further into CSS3 with a demonstration of what the new technologies are, how to make the most of them, and how to make sites using CSS3 look good in less capable browsers.
  
==== Class for 2013-07-01: JavaScript, cont'd ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2hGbVqTpXo Lecture video]<br>
We continued discussing JavaScript basics: arrays, objects, creating functions, and scopes.
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class16/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-Q5DhW8jpA Lecture video]'''<br>
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==== Class for 2015-04-27: HTML5 elements ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class9/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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We'll take an entertaining (in my opinion) look through [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class15/html.zip this page containing every currently valid HTML element]. Many of them are considered "HTML5" elements, but that's just because they're relatively new.
  
==== Class for 2013-06-24: JavaScript ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs7fXiMmxbo Lecture video]
We talked about JavaScript: making web pages interactive through client-side code. We used the console, which is part of the browser's developer tools, to demonstrate the basics of the language. This and next week's class can be treated as a general introduction to programming.
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'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfd78FpYPuI Lecture video]'''<br>
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==== Class for 2015-04-20: Ajax ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class8/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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We'll talk about Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, a technology that allows us to talk to a server without leaving the page. jQuery makes this easy. We'll add Ajax functionality to [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class10/lecture.zip the Twitter app] and, time permitting, the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class12/lecture.zip corporate site]. We'll use these [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series6/class14/php.zip PHP files] to test them out.
  
==== Class for 2013-06-17: HTTP & SFTP ====
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If you don't already have web hosting, please sign up for some at [https://www.nearlyfreespeech.net/ NearlyFreeSpeech.NET] for free (or very cheap). Also, install the [https://filezilla-project.org/ FileZilla Client].
We talked about file transfer: HTTP, which is the method of getting and sending information in the web browser, and SFTP, which is a method of securely uploading files to a web host.
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We set up free web hosting accounts at [https://www.nearlyfreespeech.net NearlyFreeSpeech.NET], and uploaded to them using [http://filezilla-project.org the FileZilla client].
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uKphYn9eQI Lecture video]<br>
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class14/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfJxBeNzbvQ Lecture video]'''
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==== Class for 2015-04-13: HTTP & SFTP ====
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We'll talk about file transfer: HTTP, which is the method of getting and sending information in the web browser, and SFTP, which is a method of securely uploading files to a web host.
  
==== Class for 2013-06-03: Working from professional mockups, cont'd ====
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We'll set up free web hosting accounts at [https://www.nearlyfreespeech.net NearlyFreeSpeech.NET] (which you should sign up for now), and upload to them using [http://filezilla-project.org the FileZilla client] (which you should install now).
We continued putting our professional-looking site together from [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class5/lecture.zip where we left off]. We focused on some fancy CSS3 techniques, and we saw how to make an interactive dropdown menu with no JavaScript.
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We didn't exactly finish, but I went ahead and put on the finishing touches. [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class6/noiseco The final product can be found here] (but where we left off can be found in the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class6/lecture.zip lecture materials]).
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekgRrffUuLo Lecture video]
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMeTFrR1rtA Lecture video]'''<br>
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==== Class for 2015-04-06: Forms ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class6/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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We'll continue working on [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class11/lecture.zip our site] and add a sign-up form, with validation, inside the modal. We'll learn about built-in HTML5 validation, but also use the [http://jqueryvalidation.org/ jQuery Validation plugin] to help us where browser support is necessary.
  
==== Class for 2013-05-20: Working from professional mockups ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg7wmtJlK2M Lecture video]<br>
We took the knowledge we gained from looking at the CSS box model, floats, and positioning, and worked off of something given to us by a designer (me).
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class12/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
We worked off of [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/mockup.png this mockup] and its [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/mockup_annotations.png annotated version] to make a site that could pass as a professional design (but don't take my word for it). [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/assets.zip Image assets can be found here].
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==== Class for 2015-03-30: Bootstrap ====
 +
We'll go back to the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class6/lecture.zip "professional" site we put together a number of weeks ago] and add more functionality to it with some jQuery plugins. We'll first make a dialog box - or a "modal" - pop up when you click the sign up buttons. We'll do this by introducing [http://getbootstrap.com/ Bootstrap] to make common user controls easier to create. We'll also compare our CSS-only menu with one made with the help of Bootstrap, explaining the differences between the two.
  
'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y6MxRAPfLs Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImtSy7Atv4g Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class5/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class11/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2013-05-13: CSS positioning ====
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==== Class for 2015-03-23: jQuery, cont'd ====
In the last few classes, we focused on element measurements and floats. This time, we focused on positioning of elements: spacing them out from other elements using margins, and using absolute, relative, or fixed positioning to put the elements anywhere we want on the whole page.
+
We'll continue learning about jQuery by focusing on [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class9/lecture.zip the example we worked on last class]. We'll add functionality to it that will make it seem more like the real thing.
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxROKEWIjB8 Lecture video]'''<br>
+
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdwAizbinKw Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class4/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class10/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2013-05-06: CSS floats ====
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==== Class for 2015-03-16: jQuery ====
Floating is the secret sauce behind creating websites with multiple columns, navigation menus, and basically any block element that's aligned to the left or right. We learned about floats by taking a look at some examples, then took a [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class4/mockup.png mockup] and created a site from it.
+
We'll introduce jQuery, a JavaScript library that makes web programming a whole lot easier. jQuery is the most popular of many libraries that allow us to interact with the document easily, while also providing us with a few tools that are missing from the base language.
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j6oA4sS99U Lecture video]'''<br>
+
To learn what jQuery can do, we'll add some scripting to [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series6/class9/assets.zip this sample web app].
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class3/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2013-04-22: CSS selectors and the box model ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm7zsESGeE0 Lecture video]<br>
CSS selectors are probably the most complex part of the CSS language, so we looked at them further in-depth. We also talked about the box model, the display concept that makes words and containers on the web look like they do.
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class9/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqQph1vry7A Lecture video]'''<br>
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==== Class for 2015-03-09: JavaScript, cont'd ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class2/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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We'll continue discussing JavaScript basics: arrays, objects, creating functions, and scopes.
  
==== Class for 2013-04-15: the basics ====
+
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hYHCzIryyc Lecture video]<br>
We covered the very basics:
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class8/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
* Explaining "frontend" vs. "backend"
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 +
==== Class for 2015-03-02: JavaScript ====
 +
We'll talk about JavaScript: making web pages interactive through client-side code. We'll use the console, which is part of the browser's developer tools, to demonstrate the basics of the language. This and next week's class can be treated as a general introduction to programming.
 +
 
 +
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18dlNI3C87s Lecture video]<br>
 +
[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class7/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
 +
 
 +
==== Class for 2015-02-23: Working from professional mockups, cont'd ====
 +
We will continue working off of [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/mockup.png this mockup], its [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/mockup_annotations.png annotated version], and its [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/assets.zip image assets] and learn a bit about CSS3 in the process.
 +
 
 +
[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class5/lecture.zip Here's where we left off last time.]
 +
 
 +
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPljsmaygZc Lecture video]<br>
 +
[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class6/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
 +
 
 +
==== Class for 2015-02-09: Working from professional mockups ====
 +
We'll take the knowledge we gained from looking at the CSS box model, floats, and positioning, and work off of [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/mockup.png this mockup] and its [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/mockup_annotations.png annotated version] to make a site that could pass as a professional design (but don't take my word for it). [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/assets.zip Image assets can be found here].
 +
 
 +
'''No video for this class. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OralfEawmM4 Here's last series's video.]'''<br>
 +
[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class5/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
 +
 
 +
==== Class for 2015-02-02: CSS positioning ====
 +
In the last few classes, we've focused on element measurements and floats. This time, we'll focus on positioning of elements: using absolute, relative, or fixed positioning to put the elements anywhere we want on the whole page. We'll use [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series6/class4/mockup.png this mockup] along with [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series6/class4/assets.zip these assets] to put together a page that demonstrates positioning.
 +
 
 +
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6pJlM6Hsjo Lecture video]<br>
 +
[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class4/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
 +
 
 +
==== Class for 2015-01-26: CSS floats ====
 +
Floating is the secret sauce behind creating websites with multiple columns, navigation menus, and basically any block element that's aligned to the left or right. We'll learn about floats by taking a look at some examples, then take a [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class4/mockup.png mockup] and create a site from it.
 +
 
 +
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpI-3yvswgY Lecture video]<br>
 +
[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class3/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
 +
 
 +
==== Class for 2015-01-12: CSS selectors and the box model ====
 +
CSS selectors are probably the most complex part of the CSS language, so we'll look at them further in-depth. We'll also talk about the box model, the display concept that makes words and containers on the web look like they do.
 +
 
 +
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzDENIp705U Lecture video]<br>
 +
[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class2/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
 +
 
 +
==== Class for 2015-01-05: the basics ====
 +
<span style="color:green">'''THIS is the class to attend if you are a complete beginner!'''</span> We are starting the curriculum of this class from square one. We'll cover the very basics:
 +
* Explaining "front-end" vs. "back-end"
 
* Discussing tools of the trade
 
* Discussing tools of the trade
 
* Explaining the separation between structure, presentation, and behavior
 
* Explaining the separation between structure, presentation, and behavior
 
* Writing a basic HTML page
 
* Writing a basic HTML page
 
* Styling the page with basic CSS
 
* Styling the page with basic CSS
* Explaining the role of frontend web development as a job and career
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* Explaining the role of front-end web development as a job and career
 +
 
 +
No recap session for this class. Please show up before 8pm, as physical space is limited. Bring a laptop!
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmDCjhCuNtU Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eydq4iapY98 Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class1/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class1/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
 
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[[Frontend_Web_Development/Notes/Archive|Notes archive]]
 
[[Frontend_Web_Development/Notes/Archive|Notes archive]]

Latest revision as of 09:40, 21 May 2015

Notes from previous Front-end Web Development classes.

Contents

[edit] Class for 2015-05-18: version control (Git) and the command line

This class is a general overview on version control and the command line. I've taught how to use an FTP client to upload files to the web, but the truth is that most developers don't do that anymore - rather, they collaborate with their peers by using version control systems, which allows them to keep track of their work in a reliable fashion and push it to the web.

Again, this class isn't about web development per se - it's just an important introduction to using the command line to work with Git, one of the most popular version control systems. Everyone will create their own fork of a repository and check in their work.

During the half-hour before the class, we'll help people set up Git on their computers. On OS X, you'll need to download Xcode from the App Store, and on Windows you should install Git for Windows. Also, please sign up for a GitHub account.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-05-11: the mobile web

We'll take this blog and turn it into a mobile-accessible website via the use of media queries. We'll also talk about the rest of the world of the mobile web: user agent strings (and why you shouldn't trust them), mobile frameworks (and why they're not perfect), and the use of HTML5/CSS3 in mobile website and app development.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2014-10-06: CSS3

We've covered CSS3 before, but in the context of a mockup. We'll look further into CSS3 with a demonstration of what the new technologies are, how to make the most of them, and how to make sites using CSS3 look good in less capable browsers.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-04-27: HTML5 elements

We'll take an entertaining (in my opinion) look through this page containing every currently valid HTML element. Many of them are considered "HTML5" elements, but that's just because they're relatively new.

Lecture video

[edit] Class for 2015-04-20: Ajax

We'll talk about Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, a technology that allows us to talk to a server without leaving the page. jQuery makes this easy. We'll add Ajax functionality to the Twitter app and, time permitting, the corporate site. We'll use these PHP files to test them out.

If you don't already have web hosting, please sign up for some at NearlyFreeSpeech.NET for free (or very cheap). Also, install the FileZilla Client.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-04-13: HTTP & SFTP

We'll talk about file transfer: HTTP, which is the method of getting and sending information in the web browser, and SFTP, which is a method of securely uploading files to a web host.

We'll set up free web hosting accounts at NearlyFreeSpeech.NET (which you should sign up for now), and upload to them using the FileZilla client (which you should install now).

Lecture video

[edit] Class for 2015-04-06: Forms

We'll continue working on our site and add a sign-up form, with validation, inside the modal. We'll learn about built-in HTML5 validation, but also use the jQuery Validation plugin to help us where browser support is necessary.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-03-30: Bootstrap

We'll go back to the "professional" site we put together a number of weeks ago and add more functionality to it with some jQuery plugins. We'll first make a dialog box - or a "modal" - pop up when you click the sign up buttons. We'll do this by introducing Bootstrap to make common user controls easier to create. We'll also compare our CSS-only menu with one made with the help of Bootstrap, explaining the differences between the two.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-03-23: jQuery, cont'd

We'll continue learning about jQuery by focusing on the example we worked on last class. We'll add functionality to it that will make it seem more like the real thing.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-03-16: jQuery

We'll introduce jQuery, a JavaScript library that makes web programming a whole lot easier. jQuery is the most popular of many libraries that allow us to interact with the document easily, while also providing us with a few tools that are missing from the base language.

To learn what jQuery can do, we'll add some scripting to this sample web app.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-03-09: JavaScript, cont'd

We'll continue discussing JavaScript basics: arrays, objects, creating functions, and scopes.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-03-02: JavaScript

We'll talk about JavaScript: making web pages interactive through client-side code. We'll use the console, which is part of the browser's developer tools, to demonstrate the basics of the language. This and next week's class can be treated as a general introduction to programming.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-02-23: Working from professional mockups, cont'd

We will continue working off of this mockup, its annotated version, and its image assets and learn a bit about CSS3 in the process.

Here's where we left off last time.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-02-09: Working from professional mockups

We'll take the knowledge we gained from looking at the CSS box model, floats, and positioning, and work off of this mockup and its annotated version to make a site that could pass as a professional design (but don't take my word for it). Image assets can be found here.

No video for this class. Here's last series's video.
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-02-02: CSS positioning

In the last few classes, we've focused on element measurements and floats. This time, we'll focus on positioning of elements: using absolute, relative, or fixed positioning to put the elements anywhere we want on the whole page. We'll use this mockup along with these assets to put together a page that demonstrates positioning.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-01-26: CSS floats

Floating is the secret sauce behind creating websites with multiple columns, navigation menus, and basically any block element that's aligned to the left or right. We'll learn about floats by taking a look at some examples, then take a mockup and create a site from it.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-01-12: CSS selectors and the box model

CSS selectors are probably the most complex part of the CSS language, so we'll look at them further in-depth. We'll also talk about the box model, the display concept that makes words and containers on the web look like they do.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2015-01-05: the basics

THIS is the class to attend if you are a complete beginner! We are starting the curriculum of this class from square one. We'll cover the very basics:

  • Explaining "front-end" vs. "back-end"
  • Discussing tools of the trade
  • Explaining the separation between structure, presentation, and behavior
  • Writing a basic HTML page
  • Styling the page with basic CSS
  • Explaining the role of front-end web development as a job and career

No recap session for this class. Please show up before 8pm, as physical space is limited. Bring a laptop!

Lecture video
Lecture materials


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