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Document Object Model (DOM)JavaScriptWeb Development

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week One: Introduction to JavaScript

If you haven't use a traditional programming language before, this first week is key. Before we begin with the how, we will talk about the why, mainly why we want to use JavaScript. The main reason is that it is very easy for JavaScript to work with the DOM. And easy is always a great way to start. Speaking of starting out, it is also always more fun when our code actually does something we can see, so we will jump quickly into different ways we can generate output. It won't be flashy yet, but it will be a great way to get your feet wet with traditional programming. After that we go back to the basics of how a computer uses data. We begin with variables, expressions, and operators.

6 videos (Total 50 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Data Types8m
Operators and Expressions8m
10 readings
Help us learn more about you!10m
"What are these deadlines?"3m
Link to All of the Code for Week One3m
The Document Object Model (DOM)2m
Trying to Create and Debug Your Own Output5m
Notice for Auditing Learners: Assignment Submission10m
Optional Materials2m
The History of "Debugging"2m
1 practice exercise
Week One52m
3 hours to complete

Week Two: Reacting to Your Audience

If you have written HTML code in the past, hopefully you have fallen into the great habit of validating your code -- making sure that you close all of your open tags. There are other rules that you may or may not have been following as well, for instance the importance of using each id attribute only once per page. This is called writing "clean" code. The reasoning and importance of following these rules becomes clear as we begin to manipulate the different components of your webpage based on the the actions of the person interacting with your page. In particular you will learn about the JavaScript Mouse Events and Touch Events. This week's materials will end with a photo gallery example that you can create along with me.

7 videos (Total 53 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Code With Me - Events7m
Photo Gallery5m
6 readings
Link to All of the Code for Week Two2m
Organizing Your Code5m
Mastering Events and Functions3m
Just a little note before the next video3m
Homework Time!!2m
1 practice exercise
Optional - Week Two Review14m
2 hours to complete

Week Three: Arrays and Looping

This week we will delve into more complex programming concepts: arrays and looping. Arrays allow you to represent groups of related information. Looping provides efficiency and flexibility to your programs. Using both we will expand upon the photo gallery example.

7 videos (Total 57 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Flow Of Control11m
Code With Me - Combining Loops and Conditionals6m
Advanced Conditionals7m
Common Errors10m
4 readings
Link to All of the Code for Week Three2m
A JavaScript Cheat Sheet10m
Advanced Coding Techniques2m
1 practice exercise
JavaScript Review30m
3 hours to complete

Week Four: Validating Form Data

This week we will put a number of the concepts from this course together to tackle a new project - creating and validating input entered into an HTML5 form. Forms are extremely common elements used to input and send data to via a webpage. We will look at how you can use JavaScript to add options to your forms, to pre-fill data based on previous input, and even to check that passwords match.

5 videos (Total 46 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Checkboxes and Radio Buttons11m
7 readings
Link to All of the Code for Week Four5m
Introduction to Forms2m
"Cool Stuff" - Friend or Foe?4m
Using Forms on Your Site3m
More Code Examples2m
Intro to JQuery1m
Post-course Survey10m
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Top reviews from Interactivity with JavaScript

By LCMar 16th 2016

An excellent course, my JavaScript has improved greatly since I completed the requirements. Colleen is a fantastic teacher, I found the lectures to be highly informative and the assignments good fun.

By MMFeb 7th 2016

I was glad to find a course that focused simply on the basics of Javascript. So many courses cover the three HTML, CSS, and JS, but don't give enough to really start working with Javascrip.\n\nThanks



Colleen van Lent, Ph.D.

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Charles Severance

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About University of Michigan

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future....

About the Web Design for Everybody (Basics of Web Development and Coding) Specialization

This Specialization covers how to write syntactically correct HTML5 and CSS3, and how to create interactive web experiences with JavaScript. Mastering this range of technologies will allow you to develop high quality web sites that, work seamlessly on mobile, tablet, and large screen browsers accessible. During the capstone you will develop a professional-quality web portfolio demonstrating your growth as a web developer and your knowledge of accessible web design. This will include your ability to design and implement a responsive site that utilizes tools to create a site that is accessible to a wide audience, including those with visual, audial, physical, and cognitive impairments....
Web Design for Everybody (Basics of Web Development and Coding)

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