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==== Class for 2013-10-21: Preprocessors ====
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==== Class for 2013-10-14: Backend web development ====
Frontend code can often get very repetitive and hard to maintain. We'll expand upon last week's talk about the "view" layer by introducing preprocessors - languages which compile into HTML, CSS, or JS. We've taken a look at PHP and ERB, but we'll also walk through languages that look nothing like HTML (HAML), and languages that compile into CSS (Less, Sass + Compass) and JS (CoffeeScript). These languages can make your life much easier as they help keep you from repeating yourself (DRY!). We'll also introduce Middleman, one of many workflow systems that makes using these languages easy.
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This class is all about the seedy underbelly of web development: the backend!
  
To prepare for this class, consider installing [https://rvm.io/ RVM] with the --ruby=2.0 flag if you're using OS X or Linux, or Ruby via [http://rubyinstaller.org/ RubyInstaller] for Windows. If you really want a head start, you can then install [http://middlemanapp.com/ Middleman].
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I know we already have a [[Backend_web_dev_in_Ruby_on_Rails|backend class here at Noisebridge]], but this one is tailored toward frontend developers wanting to get a taste of how things come together. We'll spend the first half talking about PHP, then move onto a Rails, a more complex example.
  
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Here are the steps used for class preparation:
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<h3 style="border-bottom: 0;">[http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dfjgtf36_41hmtj2td2 Intro presentation]</h3>
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<h3 style="border-bottom: 0;">[[Frontend_Web_Development/Notes|Previous Classes]]</h3>
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===== THE EASY WAY: =====
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If you would like to follow along, the easiest option is to run a virtual machine:
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* Install [https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads VirtualBox AND the Extension Pack]
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* [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series4/class21/Ubuntu.ova Download this preconfigured Ubuntu virtual machine (1.84GB)]
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* Double-click the .ova file. You should check the "reinitialize the MAC address" step.
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* Start the machine after installation and you're all set!
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* System username and password are both "frontend". Feel free to change them if that's uncomfortable.
  
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===== THE HARDER WAY: =====
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If you don't want to use a virtual machine.
  
<h2 style="border-bottom: 0;">Lab</h2>
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On Linux, you'll need to follow these steps:
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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* https://github.com/joshfng/railsready
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** When installing, choose RVM.
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** Also run <code>sudo apt-get install nodejs</code>
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* https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ApacheMySQLPHP
  
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On Windows or Mac OS X:
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* Start with RailsInstaller: http://railsinstaller.org/
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* And for PHP:
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** Mac: http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html
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** Windows: http://www.wampserver.com/en/
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===== THE HARDEST WAY: =====
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Install Apache, PHP, RVM, Ruby, and Rails individually. Good luck!
  
 
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Revision as of 17:35, 19 October 2013

Frontend Web Development

A free, weekly class on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

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 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 8pm 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!

Where

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. TL;DR: ring the bell!

When does the series start over?

I estimate the next series will begin in November.

If waiting for the next series sounds too long, remember that you can start coming to class immediately! You can catch up by watching videos from previous classes, doing assignments, or attending lab.

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, such as explaining what "frontend" means, discussing tools of the trade, and understanding basic HTML and CSS.

Class for 2013-10-14: Backend web development

This class is all about the seedy underbelly of web development: the backend!

I know we already have a backend class here at Noisebridge, but this one is tailored toward frontend developers wanting to get a taste of how things come together. We'll spend the first half talking about PHP, then move onto a Rails, a more complex example.

Here are the steps used for class preparation:


THE EASY WAY:

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

THE HARDER WAY:

If you don't want to use a virtual machine.

On Linux, you'll need to follow these steps:

On Windows or Mac OS X:

THE HARDEST WAY:

Install Apache, PHP, RVM, Ruby, and Rails individually. Good luck!

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

Intro presentation

Previous Classes

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.

Previous Assignments

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