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Notes from previous [[Frontend Web Development]] classes.
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Notes from previous [[Front-end Web Development]] classes.
  
==== Class for 2013-03-11: Old vs. new: progressive enhancement and browser testing ====
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==== Class for 2015-03-23: jQuery, cont'd ====
We talked about progressive enhancement - a practice where websites are created in a layered way that makes them accessible and cross-browser friendly. We looked at [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class19/sites.zip two versions of an example site] and demonstrated how one is outdated, and the other adheres to progressive enhancement principles.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 focused on why they're important, and what could happen if you DON'T adhere to them.
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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.
  
This segued nicely into a talk about browser testing - how to do it and what to look out for.
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdwAizbinKw Lecture video]<br>
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class10/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vtsFku4ang Lecture video]'''<br>
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==== Class for 2015-03-16: jQuery ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class19/sites.zip Lecture materials]'''
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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 2013-03-04: CSS3 ====
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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].
We've covered CSS3 before, but in the context of a mockup. We went 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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'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP1nxrI_3WU Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm7zsESGeE0 Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class18/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class9/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2013-02-25: Mobile websites ====
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==== Class for 2015-03-09: JavaScript, cont'd ====
We took [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class17/blog.zip this blog] and turned it into a mobile-accessible website via the use of media queries. We also talked about the rest of the world of the mobile web: user agent strings, frameworks like jQuery Mobile and Sencha Touch, and the future of HTML5/CSS3 in mobile website and app development.
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We'll continue discussing JavaScript basics: arrays, objects, creating functions, and scopes.
  
'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjEJrNgrJVw Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hYHCzIryyc Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class17/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class8/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2013-02-11: HTML5 elements ====
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==== Class for 2015-03-02: JavaScript ====
We took an entertaining (in my opinion) look through [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class16/html.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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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.
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or9Y1facTtc Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18dlNI3C87s Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class16/html.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class7/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2013-02-04: More useful jQuery plugins ====
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==== Class for 2015-02-23: Working from professional mockups, cont'd ====
Our final jQuery-focused class touched on a number of other common plugins that are found in the wild. We took a closer look at Bootstrap and jQuery UI, and looked at plugins that make your page look super snazzy:
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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.
* [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://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/javascript.html#scrollspy Scrollspy (Bootstrap)] - change navs to highlight where you are scrolled on a 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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'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35CJx9lkGyE Lecture video]'''<br>
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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/series3/class15/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2013-01-28: Sign-up forms ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPljsmaygZc Lecture video]<br>
We continued working on [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class13/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/class6/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tv6uPMmQNY Lecture video]'''<br>
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==== Class for 2015-02-09: Working from professional mockups ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class14/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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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 2013-01-14: Menus and modals ====
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'''No video for this class. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OralfEawmM4 Here's last series's video.]'''<br>
We went back to the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class13/noiseco.zip "professional" site we'd put together a number of weeks ago] and added more functionality to it with some jQuery plugins. We first made a dialog box - or a "modal" - pop up when you click the sign up buttons. We did this by introducing [http://jqueryui.com/ jQuery UI] 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 jQuery UI or [http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/ Bootstrap] as well.
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class5/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
'''No video for this class. :('''<br>
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==== Class for 2015-02-02: CSS positioning ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class13/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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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 2013-01-07: AJAX ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6pJlM6Hsjo Lecture video]<br>
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 added AJAX functionality to [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class10/lecture.zip our app we've been building on]. We used this [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class9/tweet.php.zip PHP file] to test it out.
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class4/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS-uoDnslh8 Lecture video]'''<br>
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==== Class for 2015-01-26: CSS floats ====
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class12/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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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.
  
==== Class for 2012-12-17: File transfer ====
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpI-3yvswgY Lecture video]<br>
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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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class3/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
We downloaded and installed [http://filezilla-project.org FileZilla] and signed up for a [https://nearlyfreespeech.net NearlyFreeSpeech.NET] hosting account.
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==== Class for 2015-01-12: 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.
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohL0FRC9us8 Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzDENIp705U Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class11/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/class2/lecture.zip Lecture materials]
  
==== Class for 2012-12-10: jQuery, cont'd ====
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==== Class for 2015-01-05: the basics ====
We continued learning about jQuery by focusing on [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class5/answer%20sheet.zip the example we saw last week]. We're added functionality to it that made it seem more like the real thing.
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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"
'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMKdZ0IlD48 Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class10/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2012-12-03: jQuery ====
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We introduced jQuery, a JavaScript library that makes web programming a whole lot easier.
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'''No video for this class. :('''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class9/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2012-11-26: JavaScript, cont'd ====
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We continued discussed JavaScript basics: arrays, iterators, loops, creating functions, and the debugger.
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'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_4Z33l0lnY Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class8/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2012-11-12: JavaScript ====
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We talked about JavaScript: making webpages interactive through client-side code. We used the console, which is part of the browser's developer tools, to demonstrate the basics of the language.
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'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP6_pd25-Ps Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class7/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2012-11-05: Working from professional mockups, cont'd ====
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We continued putting our professional-looking site together from [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class5/lecture.zip where we left off].
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As a reminder, here is the [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/mockup.png mockup] and its [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/mockup_annotations.png annotated version]. [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class5/assets.zip Image assets can be found here].
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/class11/index.html Here is the code that the mockup was based off of] - a good way to check your work. It might differ slightly from what we did in class.
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'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvC4ZLFpbtE Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class6/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2012-10-22: Working from professional mockups ====
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We worked 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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'''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to3-VjUPU64 Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class5/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2012-10-15: 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 learned about floats by taking a look at some examples, then took a [http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series2/class4/mockup.png mockup] and created a site from it.
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'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJeN9P8x1VE Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class4/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2012-10-08: CSS positioning ====
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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.
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'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTL_YDz3zmo Lecture video]'''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class3/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2012-10-01: CSS selectors and the box model ====
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CSS selectors are probably the most complex part of the CSS language, so we looked at them further in-depth. We also talked 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. :('''<br>
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'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class2/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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==== Class for 2012-09-24: the basics ====
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We covered the very basics:
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* Explaining "frontend" vs. "backend"
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* 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 frontend web development as a job and career
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* Explaining the role of front-end web development as a job and career
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No recap session for this class. Please show up before 8pm, as physical space is limited. Bring a laptop!
  
'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r87aEOpelzQ Lecture video]'''<br>
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eydq4iapY98 Lecture video]<br>
'''[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class1/lecture.zip Lecture materials]'''
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[http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series7/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 13:32, 25 March 2015

Notes from previous Front-end Web Development classes.

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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.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[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.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

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

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

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[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.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[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.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[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.

No video for this class. Here's last series's video.
Lecture materials

[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.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[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.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[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.

Lecture video
Lecture materials

[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!

Lecture video
Lecture materials


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