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Notes from previous [[Front-end Web Development]] classes.
  
=== Series 2 ===
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==== Class for 2015-05-18: version control (Git) and the command line ====
==== Class for 2012-08-13: CSS3 and CSS4 ====
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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.
We've covered CSS3 before, but in the context of a mockup. We went further into CSS3 and CSS4 with a demonstration of what the new technologies are, how to make the most of them, and how to make sites using them look good in less capable browsers.
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Couldn't make it? [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oocNUFICq4M The video for this lecture is available here!]
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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.
  
==== Class for 2012-08-06: Mobile websites ====
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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 worked on [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class14/blog.zip this blog] and turn it into a [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class16/lecture.zip mobile-accessible website]. We also talked about user agent strings, frameworks like jQuery Mobile and Sencha Touch, and the future of HTML5/CSS3 in mobile website development.
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==== Class for 2012-07-30: HTML5 elements ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xy8U4B7834 Lecture video]<br>
We took a look through [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class13/html5_elements.zip this page containing every currently valid HTML element]. Many of them are considered "HTML5", but that's just because they're new.
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[https://github.com/JeffreyATW/shakespeare7 Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-07-23: Other jQuery plugins ====
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==== Class for 2015-05-11: the mobile web ====
Our final jQuery-focused class touched on a number of other common plugins that are found in the wild:
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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.
* [http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/javascript.html#tooltips Tooltip/Popover (Bootstrap)] - mouse over elements to create tooltips
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* [http://jqueryui.com/demos/datepicker/ Datepicker (jQuery UI)] - fancy datepickers appearing near your input fields
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* [http://jqueryui.com/demos/accordion/ Accordion (jQuery UI)] - collapse and unfold lists of elements
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* [http://digitalbush.com/projects/masked-input-plugin/ Masked input] - provide visual guidance for field entry
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* [http://flesler.blogspot.com/2007/10/jqueryscrollto.html ScrollTo] - smoothly scroll to a location on the page
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* [http://jquery.malsup.com/cycle/ Cycle] - make easy slideshows
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* [http://harvesthq.github.com/chosen/ Chosen] - style dropdowns
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We created [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class14/lecture.zip this page that uses all of the plugins].
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==== Class for 2012-07-16: Sign-up forms ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cGwDv1MSPU Lecture video]<br>
We continued working on [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class12/lecture.zip our site], and added a sign-up form, with validation, inside the modal. We used the [http://bassistance.de/jquery-plugins/jquery-plugin-validation/ jQuery Validation plugin]. This is a very common request from clients and it comes in handy to know all the tips and tricks of forms and validation, and what new HTML5 elements can provide.
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class17/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-07-09: Modals and menus using Twitter Bootstrap ====
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==== Class for 2014-10-06: CSS3 ====
We went back to the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class10/answersheet.zip "professional" site we'd put together a number of weeks ago] and added more functionality to it with some JavaScript. We first made a dialog box - or a "modal" - pop up when you click the sign up buttons. We did this by introducing [http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/ Bootstrap, a suite of code developed by Twitter] to make common web development tasks easier. We also add some dropdown functionality to our menus using pure CSS, but this can be done using Bootstrap as well.
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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.
  
This class was not an exhaustive look at Bootstrap - there is a lot to cover. Look for a more comprehensive talk on Bootstrap later down the line.
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2hGbVqTpXo Lecture video]<br>
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class16/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-07-02: Guest speaker - HTML5 ====
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==== Class for 2015-04-27: HTML5 elements ====
John Freddy Vega of [http://www.cristalab.com/ Cristalab] and [http://mejorando.la/ Mejorando.la] delivered a presentation on the basics of HTML5, CSS3, and new JavaScript developments. It's a great talk for those starting out on new web technologies, or just wondering what the big difference is from HTML 4.01 and below.
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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 2012-06-25: AJAX ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs7fXiMmxbo Lecture video]
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 [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class11/lecture.zip added AJAX functionality] to our app we've been building on and uploaded a [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class9/tweet.php.zip PHP file] to a web host to test it out.
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==== Class for 2012-06-18: jQuery, cont'd ====
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==== Class for 2015-04-20: Ajax ====
We built upon the existing [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class5/answer%20sheet.zip Noisetwitter] app, using jQuery functions to add the UI for retweeting, favoriting, and replying, and [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class10/lecture.zip here was our result].
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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 2012-06-11: jQuery ====
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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 included jQuery into a file and took a look at some of the functions that are available to us, as well as attempting to explain how an object can call a function with itself as the scope (this). We used the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class5/answer%20sheet.zip Noisetwitter] client as an example of simple but powerful things you can do with jQuery.
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==== Class for 2012-06-04: JavaScript ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uKphYn9eQI Lecture video]<br>
We talked about JavaScript: making webpages interactive through client-side code. We used the console to demonstrate the basics of the language, and we [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class8/lecture.zip created a file and include it on an existing HTML page, downloadable here].
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class14/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-05-21: File transfer ====
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==== Class for 2015-04-13: HTTP & SFTP ====
We talked about file transfer - not only uploading files using FTP, but using the web browser to get and send information via forms and other methods (an overall talk about HTTP GET/POST).
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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.
  
We downloaded and installed [http://filezilla-project.org FileZilla] and signed up for a [https://nearlyfreespeech.net NearlyFreeSpeech.NET] hosting account - some had to use my personal hosting due to timing reasons.
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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).
  
==== Class for 2012-05-14: Working from mockups (CSS3 edition) ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekgRrffUuLo Lecture video]
We worked on last week's site, talking about inline versus block, and applied CSS3 features such as shadows, rounded corners, gradients, and semi-transparency. We didn't have time to talk about CSS3 more in-depth, so we'll have another class on it in the future.
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==== Class for 2012-05-07: Working from mockups ====
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==== Class for 2015-04-06: Forms ====
We worked off of [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/mockup.png this mockup] and the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/mockup_annotations.png annotated version]. [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/assets.zip Assets were found here].
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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.
  
We took all of this and turned it into [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/lecture.zip this work-in-progress site]. We'll be completing it next week.
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg7wmtJlK2M Lecture video]<br>
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class12/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-04-30: CSS floats ====
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==== Class for 2015-03-30: Bootstrap ====
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 [http://nytimes.com examples (inspect the page)]. We then took a [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class4/mockup.png mockup] and [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class4/answersheet.zip created a site] from it.
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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.
  
==== Class for 2012-04-23: CSS positioning ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImtSy7Atv4g Lecture video]<br>
We focused on positioning of elements: spacing them out from other elements using margins, positioning them absolutely on the page, positioning them relatively, fixed and more. [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class3/lecture.zip Lecture materials can be downloaded here.]
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class11/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-04-16: CSS selectors and the box model ====
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==== Class for 2015-03-23: jQuery, cont'd ====
We expanded on last week's site to make [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class2/lecture.zip this site], which added complex selectors and margin rules.
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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.
  
==== Class for 2012-04-09: the basics ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdwAizbinKw Lecture video]<br>
We created [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class1/lecture.zip this simple site] to demonstrate HTML and CSS basics.
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class10/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
=== Series 1 ===
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==== Class for 2015-03-16: 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.
  
==== Class for 2012-03-26 ====
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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].
Download the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class18/class18.zip site we walked through]. It's a responsive site with slight jQuery magic and a bunch of semantic HTML and CSS trickery. A good rollup of all the stuff we've learned in the class.
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==== Class for 2012-03-12 ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm7zsESGeE0 Lecture video]<br>
Verbatim notes for my personal use:
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class9/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
What to do:
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==== Class for 2015-03-09: JavaScript, cont'd ====
* Always start with HTML
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We'll continue discussing JavaScript basics: arrays, objects, creating functions, and scopes.
* Add presentation and behavior next
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* Assume nothing about your audience
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* Be as semantic as possible
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* Use [http://www.html5please.com www.html5please.com]
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What not to do:
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hYHCzIryyc Lecture video]<br>
* Use inline style tags
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class8/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
* Implement security on the frontend
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* Expect links to work only with JS - modals, AJAX, etc.
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* Tell users to upgrade
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* Start with a rich site and then work backward
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Benefits:
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==== Class for 2015-03-02: JavaScript ====
* Starting with the basics makes cross-browser testing easier
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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.
* Makes your site more modular - can switch stylesheets or remove behavior on-the-fly
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* Makes development in teams easier
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Drawbacks:
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18dlNI3C87s Lecture video]<br>
* App- or game-like sites might be hard to support
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class7/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
* Supporting all browsers off-the-bat might slow down productivity
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* Can't use cool new CSS3/HTML5 stuff in production yet
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Schedule:
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==== Class for 2015-02-23: Working from professional mockups, cont'd ====
* Create a simple site with an HTML5 sectioning elements
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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.
* Add CSS
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* Add JS
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* Show site without CSS and JS added on
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* Show site in IE6
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* Install ChromeVox and read through site
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* Explain browser "hacks"
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* Explain JS feature testing (modernizr)
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* Show what not to do
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* Show [http://html5boilerplate.com/ HTML5 Boilerplate]
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==== Class for 2012-03-05 ====
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class5/lecture.zip Here's where we left off last time.]
[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class15/examples.zip Download the CSS3 examples I created in-class.]
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Other great resources:
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPljsmaygZc Lecture video]<br>
* [http://simurai.com/tagged/lab Simurai's lab]
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class6/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
* [http://css3please.com/ CSS3 Please!]
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* [http://caniuse.com/ When can I use...]
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* [http://jeffreyatw.com/portfolio Jeffrey's portfolio - see Menorah and Draggy under HTML5 Toys]
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==== Class for 2012-02-27 ====
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==== Class for 2015-02-09: Working from professional mockups ====
We worked on [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class14/blog.zip this blog] and turned it into a [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class14/answersheet.zip mobile-accessible website]. We also talked about user agent strings, frameworks like jQuery Mobile and Sencha Touch, and talked about the future of HTML5/CSS3 in mobile website development.
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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].
  
==== Class for 2012-02-20 ====
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'''No video for this class. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OralfEawmM4 Here's last series's video.]'''<br>
We took a look at a [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class13/html5_elements.zip page containing every currently valid HTML element]. Many of them are considered "HTML5", but that's just because they're new.
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class5/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-02-13 ====
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==== Class for 2015-02-02: CSS positioning ====
We added to the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class11/answersheet.zip site from last class] and [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class12/answersheet.zip added a sign-up form with validation to it].
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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.
  
==== Class for 2012-02-06 ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6pJlM6Hsjo Lecture video]<br>
We added to the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class10/answersheet.zip site from last class] and [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class11/answersheet.zip added modals/submenus to it].
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class4/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-01-30 ====
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==== Class for 2015-01-26: CSS floats ====
We worked off of [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class10/mockup.png this mockup] and the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class10/mockup_annotations.png annotated version]. [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class10/assets.zip Assets were found here].
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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.
  
We took all of this and turned it into [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class10/answersheet.zip this site].
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpI-3yvswgY Lecture video]<br>
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class3/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-01-23 ====
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==== Class for 2015-01-12: CSS selectors and the box model ====
I made accounts on my web hosting, but I suggested students get web hosting space at [https://www.nearlyfreespeech.net/ NearlyFreeSpeech.Net], which will set you up with a pay-as-you-go site. It's free until you start getting a significant amount of traffic.
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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.
  
Here is the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class8/jQuery.zip source for the previous class's Twitter client], and [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class9/tweet.php.zip a PHP file to respond to AJAX requests].
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzDENIp705U Lecture video]<br>
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class2/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-01-16 ====
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==== Class for 2015-01-05: the basics ====
[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class8/jQuery.zip Highly-commented source for the slideshow and Twitter client we worked on.]
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<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:
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* Explaining "front-end" vs. "back-end"
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* Discussing tools of the trade
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* Explaining the separation between structure, presentation, and behavior
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* Writing a basic HTML page
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* Styling the page with basic CSS
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* Explaining the role of front-end web development as a job and career
  
==== Class for 2011-12-19 ====
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No recap session for this class. Please show up before 8pm, as physical space is limited. Bring a laptop!
We modified [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class5/noisetwitter.zip this document] to become an interactive web application: [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class5/answer%20sheet.zip download the full web application here].
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==== Class for 2011-12-12 ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eydq4iapY98 Lecture video]<br>
Consider downloading [http://filezilla-project.org/ FileZilla] for a head start.
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class1/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
Here's a simpler mockup we used for the 7:30 recap:
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[[File:Frontend_Web_Mockup_2.png|thumb|none]]
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==== Class for 2011-12-05 ====
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[[Frontend_Web_Development/Notes/Archive|Notes archive]]
We turned a mockup into HTML and CSS. This is the mockup we used:
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[[File:Frontend_Web_Mockup_1.png|thumb|none]]
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Please consider downloading the [http://www.gimp.org/ GNU Image Manipulation Tool (GIMP)], as we might be opening it up to work with this mockup. Photoshop or Fireworks will work swimmingly if you have them, though.
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/Frontend%20Mockup%20class%20December%202011.zip Here is the "answer sheet" for the above mockup.]
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==== Class for 2011-11-22 ====
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Two articles worth reading for a thorough understanding of CSS positioning:
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* http://www.alistapart.com/articles/css-positioning-101/
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* http://www.alistapart.com/articles/css-floats-101/
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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.

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[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.

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[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).

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

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

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

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

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[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!

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