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Notes from previous [[Front-end Web Development]] classes.
 
Notes from previous [[Front-end Web Development]] classes.
  
==== Class for 2014-03-10: Modals and menus ====
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==== Class for 2016-06-06: Working from professional mockups, cont'd ====
We'll go back to the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class6/noiseco.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://jqueryui.com/ jQuery UI] to make common user controls easier to create. We'll also compare our CSS-only menu with one made with the help of jQuery, explaining the differences between the two.
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We will continue working off of our mockup and learn a bit about CSS3 and background images in the process.
  
'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqqCLlciWtc Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/noiseco Mockups and assets can be found here].
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class13/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2014-03-03: AJAX ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9jWX_GQF6E Lecture video]<br>
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 extremely easy. We'll add AJAX functionality to [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class11/lecture.zip our app we've been building on]. We'll use this [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class12/tweet.php.zip PHP file] to test it out.
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class19 Lecture materials]
  
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].
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==== Class for 2016-05-23: Working from professional mockups ====
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We'll take the knowledge we gained from looking at the box model, positioning, media queries and CSS3, and work off of a mockup to make a site that could pass as a professional design.
  
'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmwfupfKztk Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/noiseco Mockups and assets can be found here].
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class12/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2014-02-24: jQuery, cont'd ====
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This class will require the use of [https://harpjs.com/ Harp], as we'd like to make this as realistic of a project as possible. As a bonus, we'll learn how to use preprocessors like [http://sass-lang.com/ Sass] to help us with our code.
We'll continue learning about jQuery by focusing on [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class10/lecture.zip the example we saw last class]. We'll add functionality to it that made it seem more like the real thing.
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'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eikIkAlVNlM Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pyaTa7pMhY Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class11/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class18 Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2014-02-10: jQuery ====
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==== Class for 2016-05-16: Modern CSS ====
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.
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We'll talk about a number of topics concerning modern CSS development: CSS3, browser support, and responsive design (for mobile devices).
  
To learn what jQuery can do, we'll add some scripting to [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class10/assets.zip this sample web app].
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We'll start on [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series6/class17/blog.zip this page] and make it mobile.
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvNAepROnes Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA73S1iaCVc Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class10/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class17 Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2014-02-03: JavaScript, cont'd ====
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==== Class for 2016-05-08: CSS floats & flexbox ====
We'll continue discussing JavaScript basics: arrays, objects, creating functions, and scopes.
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Floating and flexbox are two methods behind creating websites with multiple columns, navigation menus, and basically any block element that's stacked horizontally. We'll learn about them by taking a look at some examples, discuss the pros and cons of each, 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=qHcmLkhMkhA Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45crnboPpsg Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class9/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class16 Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2014-01-27: JavaScript ====
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==== Class for 2016-04-25: CSS positioning ====
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.
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We're going to let JavaScript take a backseat for the rest of the series, and we'll begin to focus on CSS concepts. 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.
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNqTmmhEj8k Lecture video]'''<br>
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If have been daunted by the complexity of JavaScript programming, this should be a much simpler, straightforward class.
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class8/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2014-01-20: HTTP & SFTP ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqT6IBMPglo Lecture video]<br>
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.
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class15 Lecture materials]
  
We'll set up free web hosting accounts at [https://www.nearlyfreespeech.net NearlyFreeSpeech.NET], and upload to them using [http://filezilla-project.org the FileZilla client].
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==== Class for 2016-04-18: React and Redux ====
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We'll take a look at [https://lunch.labzero.com Lunch], an app I'm working on using [https://facebook.github.io/react/ React] and [http://redux.js.org/ Redux]. We'll see how it compares to our jQuery and Angular apps, and how React's unidirectional flow, along with Redux's state management, allows us to build an efficient, powerful application.
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8rpnf_BHxE Lecture video]'''<br>
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Because of the complexity of this subject, we'll only be skimming the surface with this pre-written app. React generally requires a good knowledge of the intricacies of JavaScript, so consider this a light introduction.
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class7/lecture.txt Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2014-01-13: Working from professional mockups, cont'd ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iydma-sfKwA Lecture video]<br>
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].
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[https://github.com/labzero/lunch Lecture materials]
  
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/series5/class6/lecture.zip lecture materials]).
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==== Class for 2016-04-11: directives, routing and AJAX with AngularJS ====
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We'll continue learning the basics of [https://angularjs.org/ AngularJS] by learning how to encapsulate behavior into reusable elements, load data from the back-end, and create a site that acts as if it has multiple pages while remaining a single-page app.
  
'''No video for this class. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMeTFrR1rtA Try last series's video.]'''<br>
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We'll build off the [https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class12/noisetwitter work from last week.]
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class6/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2014-01-06: Working from professional mockups ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKdKHcJ4eRw Lecture video]<br>
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].
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class13 Lecture materials]
  
'''No video for this class. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y6MxRAPfLs Try last series's video.]'''<br>
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==== Class for 2016-04-04: intro to AngularJS ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class5/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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We'll learn about the basics of [https://angularjs.org/ AngularJS] (version 1), a popular client-side MVC application framework. Frameworks such as these make it easier to manage data-rich views by keeping everything in sync with each other, and with data in the back-end. To understand how libraries like AngularJS differ from [http://jquery.com jQuery], we'll be taking our [https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class10/noisetwitter NoiseTwitter] app and converting it from one that uses jQuery into one that uses AngularJS instead.
  
==== Class for 2013-12-09: CSS positioning ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h2Oz4DiviU Lecture video]<br>
In the last few classes, we've focused on element measurements and floats. This time, we'll focus 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.
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class12 Lecture materials]
  
'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q453KMiCC2s Lecture video]'''<br>
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==== Class for 2016-03-28: Forms ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class4/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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We'll create a Bootstrap-based landing page with a sign-up form. 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 2013-12-02: CSS floats ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwMGFVeXI0A Lecture video]<br>
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.
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class11 Lecture materials]
  
[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class3/answersheet.zip The site's final code (not finished in class) is here.]
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==== Class for 2016-03-21: Ajax ====
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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 [https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class7 the Twitter app]. We'll use this [https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/blob/master/series8/class10/noisetwitter/source/tweet.php PHP file] to test it out.
  
'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw_U7YZzbW0 Lecture video]'''<br>
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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].
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class3/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2013-11-18: CSS selectors and the box model ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajhVV5wTJ1I Lecture video]<br>
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class10 Lecture materials]
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==== Class for 2016-03-14: HTTP, SFTP, and Git-based web hosting ====
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We'll talk about file transfer: HTTP, which is the method of getting and sending information in the web browser; SFTP, which is a method of securely uploading files to a web host; and how to use Git to host a site.
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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).
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8oIC5Jyx1k Lecture video]<br>
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class9 Lecture materials]
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==== Class for 2016-03-07: starting a new project ====
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A text editor and web browser are all that's required to start a project - but how about getting a head start? We'll talk about [https://harpjs.com/ Harp] and [http://getbootstrap.com/ Bootstrap], two tools that will greatly help us with the setup of a new site.
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm4sSCT-9GE Lecture video]<br>
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class8 Lecture materials]
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==== Class for 2016-02-29: jQuery, cont'd ====
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We'll continue learning about jQuery by focusing on [https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class6/noisetwitter the example we worked on last class]. We'll add functionality to it that will make it seem more like the real thing.
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iaBQOgY4qo Lecture video]<br>
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class7/noisetwitter Lecture materials]
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==== Class for 2016-02-22: jQuery ====
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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.
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To learn what jQuery can do, we'll add some scripting to [https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class6/start this sample web app].
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY2oRWIYhK0 Lecture video]<br>
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class6/noisetwitter Lecture materials]
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==== Class for 2016-02-08: JavaScript, cont'd ====
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We'll continue discussing JavaScript basics: arrays, objects, creating functions, and scopes.
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFnDmrLXqf0 Lecture video]<br>
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class5 Lecture materials]
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==== Class for 2016-02-01: JavaScript ====
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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.
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAxEb3JViWk Lecture video]<br>
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class4 Lecture materials]
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==== Class for 2016-01-25: version control (Git) and the command line ====
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This class is a general overview on version control and the command line. Most developers 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.
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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.
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During the half-hour before the class, we'll help people set up Git on their computers. On OS X, type <code>git</code> in a Terminal to get started. On Windows you should install [http://msysgit.github.io/ Git for Windows]. Also, please sign up for a [https://github.com GitHub] account.
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt4IW_TVTUc Lecture video]<br>
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/shakespeare9 Lecture materials]
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==== Class for 2016-01-11: 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.
 
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.
  
'''No video for this class. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqQph1vry7A Try last series's video.]'''<br>
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'''No video for this class.''' [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcKvWkhVezA Here's last series's video.] (audio doesn't work until 33:10)<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class2/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class2 Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2013-11-11: the basics ====
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==== Class for 2016-01-04: 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:
 
<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"
 
* Explaining "front-end" vs. "back-end"
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* Explaining web apps vs. web sites
 
* Discussing tools of the trade
 
* Discussing tools of the trade
* Explaining the separation between structure, presentation, and behavior
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* Describing 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 front-end web development as a job and career
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* Adding a small amount of JS
 
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* Explaining the role of front-end development as a job and career
No recap session for this class. Please show up '''promptly''' at or before 8pm, as physical space is limited. Bring a laptop!
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P.S. This might be the last series I teach for a while. I might take a longer break after the end of the series (in about 6 months). We'll see. But if you've been meaning to attend, this is your chance!
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No recap session for this class. Please show up before 8pm, as physical space is limited. Bring a laptop!
  
'''No video for this class. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmDCjhCuNtU Try last series's video.]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-Uf_mlpqns Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class1/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd/tree/master/series9/class1 Lecture materials]
  
 
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[[Frontend_Web_Development/Notes/Archive|Notes archive]]
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[[Frontend_Web_Development/Notes/Archive|Class notes from previous series]]

Latest revision as of 19:33, 8 June 2016

Notes from previous Front-end Web Development classes.

Contents

[edit] Class for 2016-06-06: Working from professional mockups, cont'd

We will continue working off of our mockup and learn a bit about CSS3 and background images in the process.

Mockups and assets can be found here.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-05-23: Working from professional mockups

We'll take the knowledge we gained from looking at the box model, positioning, media queries and CSS3, and work off of a mockup to make a site that could pass as a professional design.

Mockups and assets can be found here.

This class will require the use of Harp, as we'd like to make this as realistic of a project as possible. As a bonus, we'll learn how to use preprocessors like Sass to help us with our code.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-05-16: Modern CSS

We'll talk about a number of topics concerning modern CSS development: CSS3, browser support, and responsive design (for mobile devices).

We'll start on this page and make it mobile.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-05-08: CSS floats & flexbox

Floating and flexbox are two methods behind creating websites with multiple columns, navigation menus, and basically any block element that's stacked horizontally. We'll learn about them by taking a look at some examples, discuss the pros and cons of each, then take a mockup and create a site from it.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-04-25: CSS positioning

We're going to let JavaScript take a backseat for the rest of the series, and we'll begin to focus on CSS concepts. 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.

If have been daunted by the complexity of JavaScript programming, this should be a much simpler, straightforward class.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-04-18: React and Redux

We'll take a look at Lunch, an app I'm working on using React and Redux. We'll see how it compares to our jQuery and Angular apps, and how React's unidirectional flow, along with Redux's state management, allows us to build an efficient, powerful application.

Because of the complexity of this subject, we'll only be skimming the surface with this pre-written app. React generally requires a good knowledge of the intricacies of JavaScript, so consider this a light introduction.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-04-11: directives, routing and AJAX with AngularJS

We'll continue learning the basics of AngularJS by learning how to encapsulate behavior into reusable elements, load data from the back-end, and create a site that acts as if it has multiple pages while remaining a single-page app.

We'll build off the work from last week.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-04-04: intro to AngularJS

We'll learn about the basics of AngularJS (version 1), a popular client-side MVC application framework. Frameworks such as these make it easier to manage data-rich views by keeping everything in sync with each other, and with data in the back-end. To understand how libraries like AngularJS differ from jQuery, we'll be taking our NoiseTwitter app and converting it from one that uses jQuery into one that uses AngularJS instead.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-03-28: Forms

We'll create a Bootstrap-based landing page with a sign-up form. 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 2016-03-21: 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. We'll use this PHP file to test it 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 2016-03-14: HTTP, SFTP, and Git-based web hosting

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

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
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-03-07: starting a new project

A text editor and web browser are all that's required to start a project - but how about getting a head start? We'll talk about Harp and Bootstrap, two tools that will greatly help us with the setup of a new site.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-02-29: 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 2016-02-22: 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 2016-02-08: JavaScript, cont'd

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

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[edit] Class for 2016-02-01: 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 2016-01-25: version control (Git) and the command line

This class is a general overview on version control and the command line. Most developers 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, type git in a Terminal to get started. On Windows you should install Git for Windows. Also, please sign up for a GitHub account.

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[edit] Class for 2016-01-11: 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.

No video for this class. Here's last series's video. (audio doesn't work until 33:10)
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[edit] Class for 2016-01-04: 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"
  • Explaining web apps vs. web sites
  • Discussing tools of the trade
  • Describing the separation between structure, presentation, and behavior
  • Writing a basic HTML page
  • Styling the page with basic CSS
  • Adding a small amount of JS
  • Explaining the role of front-end 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!

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