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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 2015-07-27: the basics ====
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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'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqqCLlciWtc Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[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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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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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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'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmwfupfKztk Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[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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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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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class11/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2014-02-10: 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 [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class10/assets.zip this sample web app].
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'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvNAepROnes Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class10/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2014-02-03: 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=qHcmLkhMkhA Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class9/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2014-01-27: 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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'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNqTmmhEj8k Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[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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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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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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'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8rpnf_BHxE Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[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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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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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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'''No video for this class. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMeTFrR1rtA Try last series's video.]'''<br>
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'''[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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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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'''No video for this class. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y6MxRAPfLs Try last series's video.]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class5/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2013-12-09: CSS positioning ====
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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: 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q453KMiCC2s Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class4/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2013-12-02: CSS floats ====
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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.
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class3/answersheet.zip The site's final code (not finished in class) is here.]
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'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw_U7YZzbW0 Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[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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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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'''No video for this class. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqQph1vry7A Try last series's video.]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class2/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2013-11-11: the basics ====
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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:
 
<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
 
* 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 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=MBid8Pg4SWc Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series5/class1/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series8/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 09:23, 28 July 2015

Notes from previous Front-end Web Development classes.

[edit] 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!

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