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If you would like to follow along, the easiest option is to run a virtual machine.
If you would like to follow along, the easiest option is to run a virtual machine.
* Install [https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads VirtualBox AND the Extension Pack]
* Install [https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads VirtualBox AND the Extension Pack]
* Download this preconfigured Ubuntu virtual machine (coming soon)
* [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/Ubuntu.ova Download this preconfigured Ubuntu virtual machine (2.89GB)]
* Double-click the .ova file. You should check the "reinitialize the MAC address" step.
* Double-click the .ova file. You should check the "reinitialize the MAC address" step.
* Start the machine after installation and you're all set!
* Start the machine after installation and you're all set!

Revision as of 22:06, 25 June 2016

Front-end Web Development

A free, weekly class on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript taught by Jeffrey Carl Faden


Learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript - and put them to good use! This free class is aimed at beginners who are interested in web development, as well as seasoned professionals looking to brush up on the latest and greatest.

Front-end web development is all about making code that runs in the browser (versus code that runs on the server). This class focuses on writing interactive web applications, taking designs and turning them into code, and much more.

This class can be attended in-person, or it can be viewed online. Videos/material for previous classes can be found on the previous classes page.


This class is for everyone! Computer users unacquainted with programming, as well as experienced developers, are welcome at any time. If you're new to the class, consider attending the lecture at 7:30 for a recap.

This class is entirely free to attend. You do not have to be a Noisebridge member. If you are coming to Noisebridge to attend the class in-person, state that you're here for the class and you'll be allowed in as a guest.

If you appreciate this class and the space that enables it to be taught, please consider donating to Noisebridge.

Please bring any kind of laptop.


Lectures start promptly at 8pm on Mondays and go for up to two hours. There is a half-hour recap starting at 7:30pm. Please try to arrive early as physical space is limited.

Labs start at 7pm on Thursdays and end two hours later.

This class runs in a weekly series, and the curriculum takes about 6 months from start to finish. Don't let it discourage you if you're starting from the middle - attend recaps and labs and you should be able to catch up!


Noisebridge, 2169 Mission St., San Francisco, 94114 (at 18th St., near 16th St. BART station). Getting Here

The lecture is held in the Church classroom, which is in the back of the space.

The lab is held in the Turing classroom, the room past the wood shop.

Read up on getting in to the space. Again, you do not need to be a member!

If you're attending online, look for the link to watch the latest class in the #Lecture section.

New Series

July 11

Remember that you can start coming to class at any time during the series! You can catch up by watching videos from previous classes, doing assignments, or attending lab.

RSVP for the new series on Facebook or Meetup!

Keep Informed

Join one of the above to be notified of upcoming classes.

If you can't make it, subscribe to a mailing list to be notified when you can watch a live stream of the lecture! If you missed it, previous lecture streams are available for viewing on the Previous Classes page!

Get Set Up

  1. Get a web browser

    Most web browsers keep themselves up to date. You'll have to take extra steps with the built-in browsers.

  2. Get a text editor

    There are a number of great free (or free to use) text editors that include helpful features like syntax highlighting and code completion.

    • Atom
    • Brackets
    • Sublime Text
    • GNU/Linux users: Text Editor (gedit), Kate, vim, emacs, etc...
    • Windows: don't use Notepad or WordPad
    • macOS: don't use TextEdit
  3. Get Git

    In order to save your work and put it on the web, you'll need to set up Git, a version control system.

    • macOS: Open Terminal and type git (or possibly sudo git) to begin installation
    • Windows: Install Git for Windows with all default options
    • Sign up for a GitHub account
  4. Get the class materials

    The lectures and labs have some materials and assignments, all of which can be found in the fwd repository. In the first few weeks of class, we'll explain how to use Git, but if you're familiar:

    • Run git clone https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd.git in your terminal
      • Windows: use Git Bash as your terminal
    • Create a separate folder in which to do your own work
    • If you already have the materials, cd into the fwd directory and run git pull to update your copy to the latest version.


Weekly classroom-style presentation on HTML/CSS/JS. The lecture starts every Monday at 8pm. We also have a recap starting at 7:30pm, where we'll cover last week's material.

Class for 2016-06-27: back-end web development

This class is all about the seedy underbelly of web development: the backend! It is tailored toward front-end developers wanting to get a taste of how things come together on the server. We'll talk about PHP, then Express.js, then Rails.

During the recap period, we will set up your computers. But it's best to do this before arriving if possible. Here are the steps used for class preparation:


Come to the class in person and get the USB stick from Jeffrey. Then follow the below "easy" steps without having to download anything.


If you would like to follow along, the easiest option is to run a virtual machine.


If you don't want to use a virtual machine, or would like to set your computer up for further work on your own.

  • To set up Node.js installation, run:
  • Install required packages: sudo apt-get install -y nodejs lamp-server^ ruby ruby-dev zlib1g-dev libsqlite3-dev
    • (Press Enter at any prompts.)
  • Install Express: sudo npm install -g express-generator
  • Install Rails: sudo gem install rails
  • Upgrade to at least OS X 10.9, preferably the latest (currently 10.11 El Capitan).
  • Install the Xcode developer tools:
    • xcode-select --install
  • For Node.JS:
  • To install Rails, run:
    • sudo gem install rails
  • For PHP, install MAMP: http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html

(I recommend sticking with the aforementioned virtual machine setup, or installing a Linux partition, as it is somewhat difficult to set things up on Windows.)

In all cases where there is a choice, choose 64-bit (x64).


Install Node.JS, NPM, Express, Apache, PHP, Ruby, and Rails individually. Good luck!

Join the Google+ Event to watch the video livestream.

Join the Facebook event if you'd like to RSVP.

Intro presentation

Previous Classes


We also meet for a weekly lab/workshop where we work on an assignment that covers the material learned in the lecture earlier in the week. Those working on their own personal projects are also more than welcome to come and solicit help. Every Thursday at 7pm in the Turing classroom.

NO LAB 2016-06-16 or 2016-06-23

Assignment for 2016-06-09 (CSS backgrounds)

Previous Assignments