Introduction to Javascript

JavaScript is the globally used client-side scripting language for the web. Most browsers support the language by default, so you can get started using JavaScript and HTML with a simple text editor and browser for testing. Client-side, programming languages make web pages dynamic without making calls to your web servers for every button clicked, character typed, or mouse moved. The JavaScript language is so popular that thousands of developers have made customized libraries that make development even easier for other programmers and web designers. If you design web pages, you’ll certainly need to know JavaScript to make a custom UI (user interface).

This course gets you started with an introduction to JavaScript. We assume that you’re new to the language, so it gets you started with basic functionality such as creating functions, creating variables, and calling these lines of code from your standard HTML pages. We talk about events and triggers for custom event handling. We also discuss pattern matching, searching for text within a page, flow control and the document object model (DOM).

We start off with the basics and move on to more complex functionality such as arrays and objects. We then discuss how to script common elements with JavaScript such as forms and tables.  At the very end, we discuss major libraries such as Ajax, which allows you to make asynchronous calls to server-side scripts without reloading the web page on the server.

Whether you’re just getting started in web design or want to learn how to code JavaScript, this course is for you.

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