Introduction to JavaScript

Introduction to JavaScript

Build on your knowledge of HTML and CCS by adding interactivity to your web pages with JavaScript. This course provides hands-on practice as you start with the basics and move on to more advanced topics to master not just JavaScript but jQuery as well.
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You may already know how to use HTML and CSS to create websites. If so, you're ready to add more power to your programming with JavaScript. This programming language lets you add interactivity to your pages by creating features such as buttons, picture carousels, and collapsible panels to your Web pages.

The course begins with the basics of JavaScript code and then moves on to more advanced topics. Throughout the course, you'll get plenty of hands-on practice to give you the experience you need to really understand how JavaScript works. And since no JavaScript course would be complete without a discussion of jQuery, you'll learn about it as well. By the end of the course, you'll understand how to use jQuery to catapult your basic JavaScript knowledge to incredible new heights.

This course assumes you already know HTML and CSS. JavaScript is always used with these two programming languages, not as an alternative to them.

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 weeks Access Course Code: ijp
Start Dates*Nov 13 | Dec 11 | Jan 15 | Feb 12
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$115.00
Self-Paced
3 Months Access Course Code: T9640
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$115.00

Syllabus

In this lesson, you'll get right into it and learn what JavaScript is, where it came from, who uses it, and why you want to learn it. Most important, you'll learn how and where to write JavaScript and not just about history, theory, or concepts. You'll go hands-on, and by the time you finish this first lesson, you will have already created, tested, and edited some real JavaScript code.

Successful JavaScript programming requires controlling not just what a bit of JavaScript does but also when it performs its task. Today's lesson will show you how that works and introduce you to the concept of event handling, which allows you to write code that responds to various events, such as clicking an item on the screen.

Today's lesson is all about the Document Object Model (DOM), a set of rules and words you use to access and manipulate the elements of a Web page. You'll also learn about variables in today's lesson, which are temporary placeholders for information that can vary. While such terms and concepts are often scary to the new developers, they actually turn out to be quite easy to understand once you remove the shroud of mystery.

Code that makes decisions is the hallmark of all modern interactive websites and applications. In today's lesson, you'll learn about JavaScript's ability to make if . . . else decisions (If this happens, do this, or else do this). You'll also learn about data types, strings, numbers, and dates, and how and why programming languages treat these types of information differently.

This lesson will give you some Search My Site code. This is particularly handy for larger multipage sites, where users may want to search for a particular word or phrase within your site without having to go through the site one page at a time. Unlike some services that charge you money for this sort of thing, the method you'll learn here is free of charge. And as an added bonus, you'll learn how to add drop-down list controls to your pages.

In today's lesson, you'll learn to use JavaScript to add sound effects, background music, and custom music player controls to your Web pages. You'll also learn how to set HTML attributes and CSS styles through JavaScript and even to test the user's browsers for compatibility with modern HTML5 features.

In today's lesson, you'll start on a picture carousel that allows users to click or cycle through thumbnail images, seeing an enlargement of one at a time. These can be a fun and useful addition to any website. Along the way, you'll learn some tips and tricks for using JavaScript with pictures and some new programming concepts like global variables and string manipulation.

Today's lesson is all about arrays and loops. As alien, boring, or scary as those things might sound, they're not that difficult. And they're the main constructs around which some of the best interactive elements, like slideshows and carousels, are built. In today's lesson, you'll learn how to create your own JavaScript arrays and loops and start getting a handle on how you can apply them toward building more interactive Web pages.

Bringing motion to Web pages requires controlling the speed at which things happen. Today's lesson is about the two main ways you can control speed: JavaScript timers and CSS transitions. You'll also see how you can use JavaScript to trigger and control CSS transitions, which allows you to get some cool effects with minimal coding.

JavaScript is such a popular language, people have written many libraries to extend and simplify its use. Perhaps the most widely used and well known is jQuery. In today's lesson, you'll learn what jQuery is, where to get it, and how to get started using it in your own websites.

In today's lesson, you'll build on what you learned last time about jQuery to add some powerful new techniques to your arsenal. Specifically, you'll see how you can use jQuery to create collapsible panel and accordion controls. These are custom controls that allow you to create more modern-looking websites in which users can click to expand information, making your site more efficient, effective, and easier to use on touch screens.

jQuery is more than just a JavaScript library. It's a complete ecosystem that includes lots of prewritten code commonly referred to as jQuery plug-ins. There are thousands of free plug-ins available, and they provide for all kinds of slideshows, carousels, touchscreen interfaces, and countless other features that you can add to your own creations, for free, with minimal fuss. In today's lesson, you'll learn how to find jQuery plug-ins and incorporate them into your own site.

Requirements

  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • A text editor or authoring tools for writing HTML and CSS code.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

You should have a good understanding of HTML and CSS prior to taking this course. Successful completion of Introduction to CSS3 and HTML5 and Intermediate CSS3 and HTML5 is highly recommended.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor

Alan Simpson is an award-winning author, having published over 100 books on computers and the Internet. His books have been published in over a dozen language worldwide. He has covered virtually all aspects of the computer industry, including web development, operating systems, programming, networking, and security. As a seasoned veteran of the computer industry, he is widely regarded as a computer and Internet guru.

Reviews

I have struggled for years to be able to include JavaScript on my pages without stealing code off of the web and then adapting it for my own purposes. I've read books, taken classes, online tutorials, etc. This class is really making me happy. I purposely type all of the code out myself so that my brain can get used to each piece of code. What's really super helpful is how you explain each line individually so that I can get a grasp of the individual pieces of functionality before I move on. It's working! I'm understanding it and I love it! Thank you so much!

Excellent presentation of material and exceptional responses to student questions. Great job!

I have taken other courses from this instructor and have found all to be of great quality.

I really enjoyed this course. Each lesson was well explained and easy to follow. Mr. Simpson was very knowledgeable and responsive to our questions. I am looking forward to taking another class instructed by him. Thank you very much for a great course!

The best instructor! Alan makes the course easy to understand, even if the principles involved are quite complex.

Once again, Alan did a fabulous job explaining the concepts, functionalities and facts of JavaScript.

Loved this class! Mr. Simpson is a great instructor. I had him for a previous course, and specifically took this course when I found out he was teaching it. His style is easy to follow; he explains and 'translates' all technical jargon; and every time I had a question about the material, I found it answered in the next paragraph. To date, he's the only person who's explained JavaScript in a way I can understand.

Great material and instructor. I couldn't be happier. He does a wonderful job explaining confusing topics. Added resources are great and his responses to student questions were equally helpful.