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edX: JavaScript Introduction

 with  Michel Buffa

This computer science course is an initiation to JavaScript programming and has been designed to help Web developers have an understanding of the basic concepts of the language. This course was developed in partnership between W3C and University Côte d'Azur.

JavaScript lets you add interactive features to your Web sites, including dynamically updated content, controlled multimedia, animated images, and much more.

The main objective of this course is to master good JavaScript best practices and to avoid the pitfalls of the language. We’ll use JavaScript within the Web browser.

Why JavaScript is worth your time:

  • HTML5, CSS and JavaScript are the “classic three” for developers and designers;
  • It allows you to add interactivity to your Web sites;
  • You can use JavaScript and HTML5 APIs to master multimedia and create custom graphics and animation, including audio and video players, music and sound effects, with the Canvas API;
  • Include reusable widgets and learn how to use third party libraries;
  • It is powerful, easy to learn, and quick to write;
  • It has great tools (editors, runtimes, lint tools, browsers) as well as great online support through plenty of active open source communities.

At the end of the course, we expect that you will be able to read the source code of any JavaScript example found on the Web, learn from it, tweak it, and even – why not? – start contributing to open-source JavaScript projects. This introductory course will make you think like a JavaScript developer.

Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction to JavaScript

  • JavaScript, HTML and CSS
  • JavaScript overview
  • Your first HTML/CSS/JS page - step by step
  • Variables, values, functions, operators, and expressions
  • Simple JavaScript examples to play with

Module 2: Adding interactivity to HTML

  • Conditional statements, loops and logical operators
  • Functions and callbacks
  • Handling events
  • The DOM API
  • Let's write a small game

Module 3: Playing with HTML5 APIs

  • Arrays and iterators
  • HTML5 multimedia and JavaScript API
  • Displaying a map with the Geolocation API
  • Playing sound samples and music

Module 4: Structuring data

  • Objects: properties and methods
  • Creating multiple objects
  • Organizing the code in separate files

Module 5: Working with forms

  • Built-in JavaScript objects
  • HTML5 tables, forms and input fields
  • The JSON notation
  • A small application
  • Where to from here?

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Cost Free Online Course
Provider edX
Language English
Certificates $99 Certificate Available
Hours 6-8 hours a week
Calendar 5 weeks long
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