Front-end Web Development/Notes
Notes from previous Front-end Web Development classes.
 Class for 2015-11-23: Modern CSS
We'll talk about a number of topics concerning modern CSS development: CSS3, browser support, responsive design (for mobile devices), and flexbox layout.
We'll start on this page and make it mobile.
 Class for 2015-11-14: 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.
 Class for 2015-11-09: CSS positioning
 Class for 2015-11-02: React
We'll take a look at our NoiseTwitter app, this time written in React. We'll see how it compares to our jQuery and Angular versions, and how React's uni-directional flow helps us manage the state of our application.
Because of the complexity of this subject, we'll only be skimming the surface with a pre-written app - also, I haven't taught this or used this in my work before, so consider it a light introduction.
 Class for 2015-10-26: 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 still being a single-page app.
We'll be building off the work from last week.
 Class for 2015-10-19: intro to AngularJS
We'll learn about the basics of AngularJS, 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.
 Class for 2015-04-06: 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.
 Class for 2015-10-05: Ajax
 Class for 2015-04-13: 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.
 Class for 2015-09-14: 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 Middleman and Bootstrap, two tools that greatly help us with the setup of a new site.
To get set up, you'll need to install Ruby.
- On OS X, enter
ruby -vinto a Terminal window. You'll either be prompted to install, or you'll see a version number, which means it's already installed.
- On Windows, use RubyInstaller.
Then, install Middleman:
gem install middleman
 Class for 2015-09-14: 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.
 Class for 2015-08-31: jQuery
To learn what jQuery can do, we'll add some scripting to this sample web app.
 Class for 2015-08-10: 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.
 Class for 2015-08-03: 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.
 Class for 2015-07-27: 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
- Explaining 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!