Programming for the Web with JavaScript

Created by: Chris Murphy and Swapneel Sheth

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Course Description

JavaScript is the programming language of the World Wide Web. As a professiol web software developer, you will not only need to know how to program in this simple yet powerful language, but you will need to understand the fundamentals of how data is exchanged on the World Wide Web (WWW) and what tools and frameworks are available to you for creating robust, interactive web applications. This course, part of the CS Essentials for Software Development Professiol Certificate program, provides an introduction to modern web development using JavaScript. In addition to exploring the basics of web page creation using HTML and CSS, you will learn advanced web page layout and responsive design tools such as Bootstrap. You will also learn how browsers represent a web page data using the Document Object Model (DOM) and how to develop dymic, interactive web pages using JavaScript in the browser. Beyond fundamental JavaScript syntax and advanced language features such as callbacks, events, and asynchronous programming, you will work with jQuery, which provides functiolity for simplified DOM manipulation and event handling. This course will also introduce you to modern web frameworks and component-based libraries such as React.js for efficiently developing modular web page components, and D3.js for creating data-driven documents. We will also teach you how to represent and exchange data using JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), and how to access RESTful APIs on the web. Server-side JavaScript is becoming more prevalent in the industry, with web frameworks such as Node.js and Express making it simple to create and deploy complex, data-driven web applications. This course will prepare you to use such frameworks and show you how to integrate them with NoSQL databases such as MongoDB.

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Instructor Details

Chris Murphy and Swapneel Sheth

Chris is an Associate Professor of Practice at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University in 1995, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2006 and 2010, respectively, from Columbia University. His research interests include computer science education, software testing, and open source software development. Prior to his graduate studies, Chris was a professional software developer for companies in the United States and United Kingdom.

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