Front-end Web Development

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Front-end Web Development

A free, weekly class on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript taught by Jeffrey Carl Faden

What

Learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript - and put them to good use! Throughout this series of free classes, we'll cover:

  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • AngularJS
  • React
  • CSS basics
  • CSS positioning, floats, and flexbox
  • Working from mockups
  • Web server frameworks
  • and more!

This class can be attended in-person, or it can be viewed online. Videos/material for previous classes can be found on the previous classes page.

Who

This class is for everyone! If you're looking to begin a career in web development, this class is for you. Computer users unacquainted with programming, as well as experienced developers looking to brush up on the latest and greatest, are welcome at any time.

If you're new to the class, consider attending the lecture at 7:30 for a recap.

This class is entirely free to attend. You do not have to be a Noisebridge member. If you are coming to Noisebridge to attend the class in-person, state that you're here for the class and you'll be allowed in as a guest.

If you appreciate this class and the space that enables it to be taught, please consider donating to Noisebridge.

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 7pm 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. Again, you do not need to be a member!

If you're attending online, look for the link to watch the latest class in the Lecture section.

Keep Informed

Join one of the above to be notified of upcoming classes.

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!

Get Set Up

  1. Get a web browser

    Most web browsers keep themselves up to date. You'll have to take extra steps with the built-in browsers.

  2. Get a text editor

    There are a number of great free (or free to use) text editors that include helpful features like syntax highlighting and code completion.

  3. Get Git

    In order to save your work and put it on the web, you'll need to set up Git, a version control system.

    • macOS: Open Terminal and type git (or possibly sudo git) to begin installation
    • Windows: Install Git for Windows with all default options
    • Sign up for a GitHub account
  4. Get the class materials

    The lectures and labs have some materials and assignments, all of which can be found in the fwd repository. In the first few weeks of class, we'll explain how to use Git, but if you're familiar:

    • Run git clone https://github.com/JeffreyATW/fwd.git in your terminal
      • Windows: use Git Bash as your terminal
    • Create a separate folder in which to do your own work
    • If you already have the materials, cd into the fwd directory and run git pull to update your copy to the latest version.

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 last week's material.

[edit] Class for 2016-09-26: Ajax

We'll talk about Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, a technology that allows us to talk to a server without leaving the page. jQuery makes this easy. We'll add Ajax functionality to the Twitter app. We'll use this PHP file to test it out.

If you don't already have web hosting, please sign up for some at NearlyFreeSpeech.NET for free (or very cheap). Also, install the FileZilla Client.

Watch the video livestream here.

Join the Facebook event if you'd like to RSVP.

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 7pm in the Turing classroom.

Previous Assignments

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