Paul Barron

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JavaScript: 10 Courses Completed

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JavaScript Road Trip Part 1

JavaScript Language

An introduction to the very basics of the JavaScript language. Build a foundation of JavaScript syntax and learn how to use values, variables, and files.

  • The Cliffs of Value

    Learn to manipulate values on the console.

  • Variable Valley

    Review how to store and use data with variables.

  • Files Falls

    Create JS files and source them within HTML code.

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JavaScript Road Trip Part 2

JavaScript Language

A continued introduction to the very basics of the JavaScript language. Learn common programming mechanisms like loops, conditionals, functions, and arrays.

  • The Labyrinth of Loops

    Understand and build loops for repeated code with 'while' and 'for' syntax.

  • Conditional Canyon

    Use conditions to execute different branches of code with if-else blocks.

  • Built-In's Bluff

    Learn to use the basic JavaScript dialog box functions 'prompt', 'alert', and 'confirm'.

  • The Desert of Declarations

    Understand functions and building custom functionality.

  • The Array Archipelago

    Learn to build and manipulate the array data structure.

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Try jQuery

jQuery

Learn the basics of jQuery 2.0, a JavaScript library, to modify elements on the page and improve user interaction.

  • Introduction to jQuery

    A gentle introduction to what jQuery is, and what it can do.

  • Traversing the DOM

    Search & walk through the DOM with selectors and traversing.

  • Working with the DOM

    Add & remove from the DOM, more traversing, and user events.

  • Listening to DOM Events

    Listen for events, handle them, and change the default event behavior of web browsers.

  • Styling

    Before landing, tame CSS with jQuery and animate elements on the page.

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JavaScript Road Trip Part 3

JavaScript Language

Continue building intermediate skills within the JavaScript web programming language. Master function expressions, closures, hoisting, objects, and the use of prototypes.

  • Forest of Function Expressions

    Learn how to use and manipulate functions as expressions.

  • Cold Closures Cove

    Explore the binding of external variables into local scopes.

  • Hoisting Hills

    Build an awareness of the pitfalls of load order within a scope.

  • Ocean of Objects

    Create, fill, and manipulate the generic JavaScript object literal.

  • Plains of Prototypes

    Using the magic of object inheritance, explore classes, constructors, prototypes, and properties.

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JavaScript Best Practices

JavaScript Language

Become a more informed, conscientious user of JavaScript as you explore time-tested, useful techniques that will improve legibility, performance quality, and safety in your scripts.

  • The Sword of Syntax

    Discover useful alternate syntax for conditionals and assignment.

  • The Pendant of Performance

    Explore techniques to improve execution speed and measure performance.

  • The Crystal of Caution

    Examine common JavaScript pitfalls and the best ways to avoid them.

  • The Mail of Modularity

    Learn how to organize code and protect data with a simple Module pattern.

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jQuery: The Return Flight

jQuery

Learn Ajax and add more interactivity to your projects. Discover how to organize your code using jQuery Plugins and Promises.

  • Ajax Basics

    Learn what Ajax is and how it can be used.

  • JavaScript and jQuery

    Organize your jQuery and JavaScript.

  • Ajax With Forms

    Learn about how to send data to the server and work with JSON.

  • Utility Methods

    Learn about some handy utility methods including $.each and $.map while working with complicated JSON data.

  • jQuery Plugins

    Create your own reusable jQuery plugin.

  • Promises

    Use promises to make your Ajax calls reusable and organized.

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CoffeeScript

CoffeeScript

Learn CoffeeScript, the powerful little language that compiles into JavaScript. Take a sip of our CoffeeScript tutorial & learn to get more done with less code.

  • Variables and Functions

    An overview of variables and functions

  • Applied jQuery

    Converting jQuery to CoffeeScript

  • Conditionals & Operators

    Conditionals, chained comparisons, switch cases, and existential operators

  • Arrays, Objects, Iterations

    Using arrays, object literals, loops, list comprehension, and splat arguments

  • Applied jQuery II

    Understanding and using jQuery object notation

  • Object Orientation

    Classes, class inheritance, property arguments

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Shaping Up With AngularJS

Client-side Frameworks

AngularJS allows your application to have an expanded HTML library. Learn to add behavior to your HTML and speed up your application’s responsiveness.

  • Flatlander's Gem Store

    Get comfortable with expressions by beginning to build a gem store.

  • Built-in Directives

    Use directives to add a gallery and tabs to the gem store.

  • Forms

    Give the gem store review functionality by using AngularJS forms.

  • Custom Directives

    Create custom directives for more organized and maintainable AngularJS code.

  • Services

    Create a new module and learn to use the $http service to get real data into the gem store.

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ES2015: The Shape of JavaScript to Come

JavaScript Language

Stay in tune and learn some of the new features of ES2015, the most extensive update to the JavaScript language since it was first released in the '90s.

  • Declarations

    Learn about the new types of variable declarations and how they can help with some well-known JavaScript gotchas.

  • Functions

    Explore new features added to functions, like default parameters, rest parameters, spread operators, and arrow functions.

  • Objects, Strings, and Object.assign

    Find new ways to work with JavaScript Objects and Strings.

  • Arrays, Maps, and Sets

    Learn how to work with Arrays and more efficient alternatives to working with collections, like Maps and Sets.

  • Classes and Modules

    Discover how to write object-oriented code using the new class syntax and how to leverage the new module system to keep things clean and organized.

  • Promises, Iterators, and Generators

    Learn alternatives to writing async code, iterator objects for navigating sequences more efficiently, and special functions that return those objects.

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Building Blocks of Express.js

Server-side Frameworks

Express provides more robust features to your web application. Learn how to build Web APIs in Node using Express.

  • First Steps

    Installing Express and building some first routes.

  • Middleware

    Understanding middleware and building a custom logger.

  • User Params

    Reading user-submitted parameters.

  • Body Parser

    Adding routes for creating and deleting resources.

  • Refactoring Routes

    Using route instances and extracting code to route files.

JavaScript: 10 Screencasts Watched

HTML/CSS: 10 Courses Completed

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Front-end Foundations

Getting Started With HTML and CSS

Learn the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, while building a strong foundation for more advanced front-end development.

  • HTML

    Format text content and links with HTML.

  • CSS

    Change the way that content is displayed with CSS.

  • Classes and Layout

    Reuse CSS across multiple pages and layout content in well-defined sections.

  • Images

    Add content and background images to your site.

  • Fonts and Forms

    Customize fonts and add forms that accept different types of user input.

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Front-end Formations

Getting Started With HTML and CSS

Discover the latest versions of HTML and CSS, including HTML5 tags, form elements, attributes, input types, CSS styling, and more.

  • Overview & Updates

    Get an overview of HTML5 and CSS3, and learn which HTML elements have been updated in HTML5.

  • HTML5 Elements

    Learn all of the new HTML5 elements, including the section, article, header, footer, and time elements, and also several others that will help make your markup more semantic.

  • HTML5 Forms

    Learn all of the new HTML5 form input types, elements, and attributes.

  • CSS3 Styles

    Learn modern CSS styling techniques, including border radius, box shadow, text shadow, box sizing, multiple backgrounds, and gradients.

  • Fonts & Interactions

    Learn how to use web fonts with @font-face, create smooth transitions and manipulated elements in CSS with the transition and transform properties, and write CSS according to the principles of progressive enhancement.

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CSS Cross-Country

Intermediate CSS

Explore the fundamentals of CSS, and review all the web-styling tools needed for front-end efficiency.

  • Frost-Proof Fundamentals

    Adding style, selectors, the cascade, and floats

  • Clear Carving

    Clearing floats, inheritance, and specificity

  • Box Bindings

    The box model, positioning, and z-index

  • Grooming Your Code

    DRY, display types, and centering

  • CSS Safety

    Protecting your layout and specificity problems

  • Image Issues

    Image use and image cropping

  • Sprightly Slaloms

    Image replacement and sprites

  • Pseudo Sitzmark

    Pseudo classes and pseudo elements

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Journey Into Mobile

Intermediate CSS

Learn mobile web design with mobile-first, adaptive, and responsive web design concepts. Review the best practices with our Journey into Mobile course.

  • Foundations for Mobile

    The mobile web and relative font-sizing

  • Fluid Layouts

    Learn the foundations for creating scalable, fluid sites

  • Adaptive Adventures

    Create sites that adapt to a specific context

  • Responsive Adventures

    Create device-agnostic sites optimized for all viewports

  • Responsive Media

    Learn how to scale images, video, and work with retina graphics

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Blasting Off with Bootstrap

CSS Frameworks

Use Bootstrap's pre-built styles and functionality to help you easily add polish and useful behavior to your web application with HTML and CSS.

  • Lift Off

    Get your website off the ground by adding the Bootstrap library and getting familiar with the container class.

  • Designing in Grids

    Use the grid design pattern to add structure and style to your application.

  • Typography

    Use Bootstrap’s custom classes and Glyphicon icons to make your site easier on the eyes.

  • Enough CSS to be Dangerous

    Make your site stand out from the rest by adding a custom navigation and a splash of colorful buttons.

  • JavaScript Components

    Use Bootstrap’s Collapse and Dropdown plugins to add needed behavior to your website.

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Assembling Sass

CSS Preprocessors

Learn Sass and start improving your front-end CSS workflow. Try Sass on large-scale applications for efficient, time-saving styling.

  • Foundation

    An introduction to Sass, imports, comments, and nesting.

  • Variable

    Creation and use of recallable information.

  • Mixin

    Writing reusable styles mixed with optional arguments.

  • Extend

    Easily manage CSS class reuse and inheritance in the stylesheet, rather than HTML.

  • Directive

    A primer on the programmatic tools in Sass, including functions and each loops.

  • Math + Color

    Perform arithmetic and color alterations directly to stylesheet values.

  • Responsive

    Simplify and optimize your responsive design workflow via Sass.

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Fundamentals of Design

Design

Improve the visual competency of any website or application by keeping design in mind. Learn the fundamental design principles of typography, color, and layout.

  • Typography

    Learn to recognize beautiful and functional type.

  • Colors

    Review color theory and application principles.

  • Layout

    Familiarize yourself with visual hierarchy and balance.

  • More Sass

    A deeper dive into core Sass functionality

  • Compass

    Introducing the Compass add-on and enabling its use

  • Utility

    Traversing helpers and utilities included with Compass

  • Rhythm

    Establishing and maintaining baseline grids with the vertical rhythm module

  • Sprite

    Relegating sprite generation and maintenance to the sprite module

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Unmasking HTML Emails

Intermediate CSS

Explore the nuances of email clients and how to build designs for them with inline styles, tables for layout, and conditional comments.

  • Clients and Markup

    Learn the mystifying moves of email client preprocessors and how HTML and CSS is written for them.

  • Tables for Layout

    Apply the ancient art of wrapping content in tables, rows, and cells.

  • Mucho Media Queries

    Use modern markup techniques to wrestle tables and content into many screen sizes.

  • Targeting Specific Clients

    Twist, turn, and tag your way through multiple client hacks to fight for your layout.

  • Small Screen First

    Refactor existing code to create flexible layouts for all screens, even without media queries.

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You, Me & SVG

SVG

Learn how to create and use scalable vector graphics online. Whether your icons, shapes, and assets are on small or large screens, SVGs have you covered!

  • Oh, the Shapes You Can Make

    Learn the difference between raster and vector, as well as how to create vectors and when they come in handy.

  • Would You, Could You With a Badge?

    Shape up your SVG knowledge with the circle, text, polygon, and line elements.

  • Group de Loop​​

    Circle around three important topics: grouping, transforming, and the viewBox coordinate system.

  • SVG Encore!

    ​​Wander through paths (the most commonly used SVG element), and discover how to reuse elements with symbol, as well as create screen reader-accessible SVGs with title and description tags.

HTML/CSS: 2 Screencasts Watched

Database: 2 Courses Completed

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Try SQL

SQL

Learn basic database manipulation skills using the SQL programming language.

  • The Ins and Outs of Databases

    Learn about databases from the inside out, as well as how to perform simple data queries and filter data with special query tools in SQL.

  • Managing Data

    Find out how to add, revise, and remove data in an existing database.

  • Managing Databases and Tables

    Discover basic concepts for creating and altering databases and tables.

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The Sequel to SQL

SQL

​Learn the most important parts of the SQL language so you can create tables with constraints, use relationships, and write powerful join queries.

  • Aggregate Functions

    Learn how to use SQL aggregate functions, including COUNT, SUM, and AVG, to do calculations on groups of data.

  • Table Constraints

    Add constraints — like NOT NULL, UNIQUE, FOREIGN KEY, and PRIMARY KEY — to your tables to increase data integrity.

  • Normalization and Relationships

    Apply normalization rules to create tables without duplicate data and build the appropriate relationships.

  • Inner Joins, Aliases, and Outer Joins

    Explore writing a single query to pull data from multiple tables and using aliases to create succinct queries.

  • Subqueries

    Dive deeper as you learn how to write queries within queries.

Ruby: 3 Courses Completed

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Try Ruby

Getting Started With Ruby on Rails

Learn the basic building blocks of Ruby, all in the browser.

  • All For One, One For All

    Get an introduction to numbers, Strings, properties, and methods.

  • There Are Always Two

    Learn about conversions, arrays, variables, and more methods.

  • Third Time's The Charm

    Review printing, brackets, and String manipulation.

  • Fourth and Short

    Take a shot at method chaining, hashes, keys, and values.

  • The Highest of Fives

    Study up on blocks, directories, and method arguments.

  • Sixth Sense

    Start building methods, libraries, popups, and HTML with Ruby.

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Rails for Zombies Redux

Getting Started With Ruby on Rails

Learn Ruby on Rails, an open-source framework for the Ruby programming language. Rails for Zombies will teach you all the Rails basics with a zombie flair.

  • Deep in the Crud

    How we work with a database in Rails by using Create, Read, Update, and Destroy (CRUD).

  • Models Taste Like Chicken

    We'll learn about ActiveRecord models, validations, and relationships.

  • The Views Ain't Always Pretty

    Get experience linking between views, using conditionals, and how to lookup documentation on common view helpers.

  • Controllers Must Be Eaten

    Sitting between our Models and Views are the Controllers, which use instance variables to keep our code organized.

  • Routing Into Darkness

    Learn how to direct requests to your app to the correct controller actions.

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Rails for Zombies 2

Getting Started With Ruby on Rails

Learn more Rails with this sequel to the infamous Rails for Zombies course. Increase your Ruby on Rails knowledge with even more zombie learning.

  • From the Ground Up

    Installing Rails, creating a Rails app, database migrations, the command line, Ruby 1.9 hash syntax, Bundler, database configuration

  • Models Still Taste Like Chicken

    Named scopes, callbacks, has_one, relationship options, using Includes, has_many :through

  • Rest In Pieces

    Revisiting URL helpers, forms & input helpers, understanding REST, nested resources, view partials, other view helpers

  • Asset Packaging and Mailing

    Sending attachments in mail, asset tags, using the Asset Pipeline, CoffeeScript, creating and sending mail, SCSS, using the JavaScript manifest

  • Rendering Extremities

    Custom RESTful routes, creating AJAX links, rendering custom JSON, AJAXified forms, controller rendering options, sending server JavaScript, using JSON data

Ruby: 3 Screencasts Watched

Git: 2 Courses Completed

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Try Git

Git

Learn how to use Git by reviewing the basic concepts of Git version control. Try out this introductory course that was created with GitHub.

  • Discover Git

    Discover the basics of Git, including how to initialize a repo. Learn how to add, commit, and push your code to GitHub.

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Git Real

Git

Learn more advanced Git by practicing the concepts of Git version control. Increase your Git knowledge by learning more advanced systems within Git.

  • Introduction

    Learn the basics of Git

  • Staging & Remotes

    Add and remove changed files, and work with remote repositories

  • Cloning & Branching

    Clone repositories and learn how to work with multiple branches

  • Collaboration Basics

    Work simultaneously with multiple users

  • Branching

    Work with remote branches and reference commits

  • Rebase belong to us

    Optimize merging and fix merge conflicts

  • History and Configuration

    Learn how to configure and view commit logs

Electives: 1 Screencast Watched