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==== Class for 2013-03-04: CSS3 ====
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==== Class for 2013-03-18: Version control (Git) and the command line ====
We've covered CSS3 before, but in the context of a mockup. We'll go 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 them look good in less capable browsers.
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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.
  
[https://plus.google.com/events/c407n0fc7ok4n611so9t947vroo Join the Google+ Event to be notified of the video livestream (you don't have to be a Google+ member).]
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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. You'll be creating your own repository and checking in your work.
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If you want to get a head start, here's what you can do:
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* Sign up for a free account at [https://github.com/ GitHub]
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* Install [http://git-scm.com/ Git]. If you're on Windows, install [http://msysgit.github.com/ Git for Windows] (all default options are fine).
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[https://plus.google.com/events/c5u0iburugh3b1ub8vcbjvhd6no Join the Google+ Event to be notified of the video livestream (you don't have to be a Google+ member).]
 
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== Lab ==
 
== Lab ==
 
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 8pm in the Turing classroom.
 
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 8pm in the Turing classroom.
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=== [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class18/assignment.html Assignment for 2013-03-07] (CSS3) ===
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=== <span style="color: red;">Lab meets at 7PM this week (2013-03-21)!</span> ===
 
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Revision as of 12:45, 21 March 2013

What

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

Frontend web development is all about making code that runs in the browser (versus code that runs on the server). There isn't a big focus on web design (creating wireframes and mockups), but we do cover best practices for turning these designs into beautiful code.

Who

This class is for everyone! Complete beginners and more experienced developers are welcome at any time. If you're new to the class, consider coming to the lecture at 7:30 for a recap.

The space and the class are entirely free to attend. You do not have to be a Noisebridge member.

Please bring any kind of laptop.

When

Lectures start promptly at 8pm on Mondays and go for 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 8pm on Thursdays and can go up to two hours.

This class runs in a weekly series, and the curriculum takes about 5 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!

Where

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

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

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

Read up on getting in to the space. TL;DR: ring the bell!

Keep Informed

Join the WebDev or Noisebridge-announce mailing lists to be notified of upcoming class topics via email.

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!

Lecture

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 the (very) basics:

  • Explaining "frontend" vs. "backend"
  • Discussing tools of the trade
  • Explaining the separation between structure, presentation, and behavior
  • Writing a basic HTML page
  • Styling the page with basic CSS

Class for 2013-03-18: 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. You'll be creating your own repository and checking in your work.

If you want to get a head start, here's what you can do:

  • Sign up for a free account at GitHub
  • Install Git. If you're on Windows, install Git for Windows (all default options are fine).

Join the Google+ Event to be notified of the video livestream (you don't have to be a Google+ member).

Previous classes

We discuss a different topic in-depth every week. Some previous topics have been:

  • CSS selectors, positioning, floats
  • Turning a professional mockup into HTML and CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery and plugins
  • File transfer and AJAX
  • HTML5 and CSS3
  • Mobile web
  • Progressive enhancement: cross-browser compatibility and accessibility
  • Web frameworks and other "backend" web development topics

Lab

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 8pm in the Turing classroom.

Lab meets at 7PM this week (2013-03-21)!

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