[Noisebridge WebDev] Frontend Web Development, Monday 8pm: Old vs. new: progressive enhancement and browser testing

Jeffrey Carl Faden jeffreyatw at gmail.com
Sun Mar 10 17:58:23 UTC 2013

In the first hour, 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 two versions of an example site (
http://jeffreyatw.com/static/frontend/series3/class19/sites.zip) 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demonstrate how one is outdated, and the other adheres to progressive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.

This will segue nicely into a talk about browser testing - how to do it and
what to look out for.

If you can't make it to this week's lecture, you can watch a live
video stream of the class. Join this Google+ Event to be notified of
when to hop on (you don't have to be a Google+ member):
This video stream will also be available to watch after the class is

--- The usual details follow ---

Learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript - and put them to good use! This class,
taught by Jeffrey Carl Faden, is aimed at complete 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.

The class starts on Monday at 8pm, and goes until 10pm! Plan to arrive
EARLY, as the class has been filling up very fast. We will have a
recap of last week's material starting at 7:30pm. If you're either
new, couldn't make last week's class or you simply need a refresher,
come early and we'll go through a simple tutorial. 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!

This class and the space in which it's taught are entirely free to
attend. Please bring a laptop. Read all of the details here:

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