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I estimate the next series will begin in '''November'''.
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The next series will most likely begin on '''November 11'''.
  
 
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 [[Frontend_Web_Development/Notes|previous classes]], doing [[Frontend_Web_Development/Assignments|assignments]], or attending [[#Lab|lab]].
 
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 [[Frontend_Web_Development/Notes|previous classes]], doing [[Frontend_Web_Development/Assignments|assignments]], or attending [[#Lab|lab]].
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==== Class for 2013-09-30: Old vs. new: progressive enhancement and browser testing ====
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==== Class for 2013-10-21: Preprocessors ====
We'll talk about progressive enhancement - a practice where websites are created in a layered way that makes them accessible and cross-browser friendly. We'll look at [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class19/sites.zip two versions of an example site] and demonstrate how one is outdated, and the other adheres to progressive enhancement principles. We've touched on these concepts throughout the whole class, but in this class we'll focus on why they're important, and what could happen if you DON'T adhere to them.
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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.
  
This will segue nicely into a talk about browser testing - how to do it and what to look out for.
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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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[https://plus.google.com/events/cqdbtrpmdtbu5d71b2d427esirc Join the Google+ Event to be notified of the video livestream (you don't have to be a Google+ member).]
 
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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?

The next series will most likely begin on November 11.

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 2013-10-21: Preprocessors

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.

To prepare for this class, consider installing RVM with the --ruby=2.0 flag if you're using OS X or Linux, or Ruby via RubyInstaller for Windows. If you really want a head start, you can then install Middleman.

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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