jQuery jAM, Season 1

  • September 1, 2011 · 12:00 AM

We are very excited to announce that the jQuery jAM self-study group for beginners is starting Season 1 on September 1. If you would like to learn jQuery from the ground up, consider joining us.

http://jam.bostonphp.org

The format of a virtual self-study group is as follows:

  • Each participant purchases the same textbook (JavaScript: The Missing Manual).
  • Each participant commits to read one chapter per week, complete the exercises and post a link to the completed work.
  • Each participant obtains assistance by posting questions to a discussion area set up on the Boston PHP Message Board for each chapter.
  • Each participant receives a Boston PHP Certificate of Completion upon finishing all chapters and all assignments.

Note: There is no classroom instruction. However, hands-on assistance is available in the following two formats:

  • PHP Percolate Coffee Club (alternate Saturday mornings at a Starbucks, check the meetup site for dates)
  • Developer Dorm Room (occasional all-day Saturdays at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, MA)

To register simply RSVP: Yes

To purchase a book (the only program cost) simply visit the Boston PHP store and order " JavaScript: The Missing Manual" in one of two formats.

http://store.bostonphp.org

Note: jQuery is a JavaScript library. Basic knowledge of JavaScript is vital in understanding jQuery. This book is an introduction to both JavaScript and jQuery.

Special thanks to Heather O'Neil and Above the Fold for the grubalicious jQuery jAM logo!

Gene Babon
Assistant Organizer
Boston PHP

 

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  • Mark D.

    @Bill - super. I'll catch you in the jQuery Jam archives :)

    1 · February 9, 2012

  • Bill B.

    @Mark -- planning to do the same once I get to the end of the HTML5 thing. So if you guys are around when I get to it in a week or two I'll see you here!

    1 · February 9, 2012

  • Gene B.

    @Mark @Jonathan -- The discussion boards remain open and I do monitor them. So, feel free to jump in. http://bit.ly/w90C7T­

    February 9, 2012

  • Mark D.

    @Jonathan, I'm working through the book on my own in anticipation of the April jQuery Mobile. We can swap notes if you like. I've kind of stalled out and need some motivation (I've finished chapter 6).

    1 · February 9, 2012

  • Gene B.

    @Jonathon -- Season 1 ended on December 31. Look for Season 2 to begin April 1 (tentative) with a focus on jQuery Mobile.

    February 9, 2012

  • Jon

    Is this group still active? Looking to join!

    1 · February 9, 2012

  • Gene B.

    @Mike -- Just in time for Halloween! Welcome aboard. :-)

    October 29, 2011

  • Mike W.

    Hi there. I'm another latecomer. Bought the book in September, read it, but just got around to working on the tutorials. I've done the first eight chapters of tutorials. I'll post a link in the chapter 8 thread.

    October 29, 2011

  • Tom F.

    Thanks, Gene. I just received 2nd ed. and will try to get to the finish line by the end of the session.

    October 28, 2011

  • Gene B.

    Thanks, Tom. You're in. I'll send you a separate e-mail to confirm and offer suggestions before your proceed.

    October 28, 2011

  • Tom F.

    Gene:
    Wondering if it is too late to join the group. I'm finishing up the PHP Percolate materials and would like to begin working on JS and jQuery without waiting for another session to start later. I think I can catch up to the group quickly.
    Best regards,
    Tom

    October 28, 2011

  • Gene B.

    Thanks, Alexander. Please use the Master Discussion list when posting an update to a specific chapter. ~~ http://bit.ly/qot8UX­

    September 15, 2011

  • Alexander Z.

    Just uploaded Chapter4 solution http://vesovoe.netau.net/JavaSc...­

    September 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going great ..! Awaiting the fun and excitement in discussions for the later chapters... :)

    September 3, 2011

  • Gene B.

    @Brian -- There is nothing to attend. There is no scheduled time to attend any session, real or virtual. Here is an e-mail that was just sent to all jQuery jAMmers ~~ http://bit.ly/nwQNl0­

    September 1, 2011

  • Brian V.

    I tried to attend but I didn't see any instructions on what to do to get hooked in. I don't know if there was audio/video or just a white board. Whatever happened I didn't see it.

    September 1, 2011

  • Gene B.

    jQuery jAMmers -- Season 1 has begun. The goal for this week is to read Chapter 1. I am currently adding new participants to the e-mail distribution list. I will send out an e-mail with additional details later today. Thanks. ~ Gene

    September 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Has the jamming formally started ..?
    Where do we upload the codes ..?

    September 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Indeed it's still eminently usable, just a very slap dash conversion to Kindle.

    September 1, 2011

  • Adam F.

    The PHP book for PHP Percolate wasn't perfect for Kindle but was still very usable.

    August 31, 2011

  • Jeanne

    Ugh, wish I'd read that before I bought it. Hopefully it will be usable anyhow.

    August 31, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a note for Kindle owners: I'm a bit disappointed at the Kindle version of this book. If I were you I'd go buy it from O'Reilly. The PDF is very likely a much better conversion of the original. Specific issues I've seen include lines of text jammed together, and everything that was originally meant to be inside a box or sidebar appears in a slightly different font with vertical bars to delineate the borders. It's like they fed the PDF through Calibre and published the result as-is.

    August 29, 2011

  • Gene B.

    @Claire -- This course covers both JavaScript and jQuery. Since jQuery is build on top of JavaScript, it is important to have a basic understanding of JavaScript before jumping into jQuery. The first three chapters of our book covers JavaScript before introducing jQuery. Most other jQuery books I've read assumes you already have a basic understanding of JavaScript. This is the best book I have read that covers both topics from a beginner's perspective.

    August 29, 2011

  • Gene B.

    @John -- We've been running at a rate of one season per four months with starts on January 1, May 1 and September 1. With two programs (jQuery jAM and PHP Percolate!) starting on September 1 we do not anticipate another start before January 1 and will be looking to expand our offerings into related technology areas like we are doing this time around with jQuery.

    August 29, 2011

  • Gene B.

    Thanks everyone for pitching in to answer questions. This is the type of teamwork that will enhance this learning experience. @Mike -- Yes, this will be a 14-week course (14 chapters) that will take us into early December. @Chris -- Thanks for your awesome vote of support for our efforts. ~ Gene

    August 29, 2011

  • John G S.

    How often are the jQuery and PHP Percolate seasons? I'm debating taking both unless the next season isn't too far off.

    August 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoying the book so far. Jumped ahead a bit and did the exercises for Chapter 1. I think a new edition makes sense because a few of the author's assertions are slightly out of date (e.g. Javascript doesn't stand alone - no longer true in the node.js era :)

    Thanks for putting on this awesome course!

    August 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Mike Ilsey
    :-) Happy learning !

    August 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Mike Ilsley
    The writeup above says that we'll read one chapter per week... So, I guess as many weeks as the number of chapters i.e. 14 weeks... :-)

    August 28, 2011

  • Shanae

    Looking forward to starting this virtual class!

    August 25, 2011

  • Farnaz B.

    Thanks @Gene.
    @Mike I'm a big fan. Went through most of your lessens. Thanks

    August 25, 2011

  • Gene B.

    @Farnaz -- The weekly projects are entirely driven by the assignments from the book. The author provides HTML and CSS code to download, then walks us through adding JavaScript and jQuery code to enhance the static web page and learn the basics of these technologies along the way. For example, everyone's completed project for Chapter 8 (Navigation) will look identical. ~~ http://bit.ly/n7nSvK­ ~~ Once we understand how jQuery navigation works, we can easily incorporate into our own projects.

    August 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi BostonPHP jQuery Jammers! I'm the CEO of appendTo, the team behind http://learn.appendto.com­.

    The site is a "beta", as you've seen. The next version will be launching soon that fixes all of the issues mentioned. If you'd like to help affect change there, please communicate ideas/features/bugs via http://getsatisfaction.com/appe...­

    If you'd like to reach out personally, please feel free to email me directly with feedback, we really value it! mike[AT]appendto[DOT]com

    August 25, 2011

  • Tony B.

    Thanks for the link Gene, I will be able to participate more this semester, summers are always busy for me, looking forward to this.

    August 25, 2011

  • Farnaz B.

    Thanks for organizing this. Just a question about our homeworks. Are we going to work on the sample codes in the book or are you defining the problems?
    I need to take a couple of weeks of in the middle and thought of getting a head start. Thanks.

    August 24, 2011

  • Gene B.

    jQuery jAMmers -- If you would like a preview of some of the exercises you will be working on, feel free to visit my beta site ~~ http://bit.ly/oyrKP3­

    1 · August 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the final info, Sir... Looking forward to the event. Happy learning all..!

    August 23, 2011

  • Gene B.

    jQuery jAMmers -- Anyone concerned about ordering the first edition before the second edition becomes available in October can opt to access the first edition for free at Google Books -- http://bit.ly/oRxPkT­

    August 23, 2011

  • Gene B.

    jQuery jAMmers -- Thank you all for your comments and patience. Decision time. Based on the feedback provided, appendTo appears to be a nice, if not quite ready for prime time, companion. We will use "JavaScript: The Missing Manual" as our primary resource. Michael has approved this book for use in this course and placed it in our bookstore for ordering in one of two formats. ~~ http://store.bostonphp.org/­ ~~ Let's start jAMmin' ~ Gene

    August 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's the final decision friends..? Should I get that Missing Manual book for the event or are we moving to appendTo ?

    August 23, 2011

  • James B.

    I too initially had problems understanding the use of fiddle unil I noticed that it was opening another browser window which didn't always function with IE. I switched to FireFox and had more success. The DOM Manipulation segment was okay, but the exercise blew me away. I could not make it work like the answer - I got something similar but certainly not the same. There is no code to compare that you're working with the same code.

    August 22, 2011

  • Jeff T.

    @Alex, thanks for your feedback. My main complaint about learn.appendto.com is that I can't see the output of the Console.log in the video because the author zooms-in which hides the console.log output from the viewer. Also, as a color-blind viewer, I found some of the colors of displayed text hard to read.

    August 22, 2011

  • Alex T.

    @Jeff, console.log() appears in the browser's debugger, the video uses Safari/Chrome where the debugger can be invoked using ctrl+shift+i (similar to the mac-specific shortcut he mentions in one of the early videos, I think it's command+option+i). If you're using a different browser, you invoke the debugger differently (Firefox needs Firebug -not sure if it still does with latest version, IE9 has inbuilt debugger similar to Chrome, earlier versions of IE do not have a debugger).

    August 21, 2011

  • Jeff T.

    I must be missing something. I've gone through the first few videos. I cannot see the Console.log output that the speaker is referring. I feel as if there was a lot of magic hand waving describing the environment where the commands are being executed. Granted, I'm running Windows and not a Mac. I'm really glad I purchased the book. I love what learn.appendto.com is trying to achieve, but the current set of videos feel more like an "alpha" version of the product. It needs editing.

    August 21, 2011

  • Ori

    Just bought the book, can't wait to get my hands on it and start moving away from old school Javascript. It's getting to the point where I'm embarrassed to show my JS code to other people these days :)

    August 21, 2011

  • Andrew

    I went off on my own and started the head first javascript book. I think ill start jquery afterwards...

    August 21, 2011

  • Amy G.

    I agree with @Scott comments. I sat through the first 7 videos in the JS101 section and then did the exercises afterwards. But I got somewhat confused with the jsFiddle app at first. I think using both a written manual and this site in conjunction would beneficial.

    August 21, 2011

  • Scott E.

    Having gone through a couple chapters in the book and several of the appendTo videos, I'd say the book certainly provides a more in-depth, contextual explanation around each lesson. I wouldn't mind supplementing the book with the appendTo exercises, but would would vote to keep the book as the centerpiece of the course.

    August 21, 2011

  • Alex T.

    When the exercises split, you can do them in either order, they're pretty good about not using material from a parallel topic you might not have covered yet. I actually just finished all of the appendTo topics (you really only need about 5 hours for all of them, including the exercises), it's very informative but feels very short compared to a book. The website is definitely a good place to start learning jQuery, but it doesn't touch upon everything and the exercises feel a bit too easy.

    August 20, 2011

  • James B.

    I created an account on the AppendTo web site and have started the course. It tends to be a traditional approach. I do find it hard to follow after the second section where the flow splits and becomes a tad difficult to figure out which path to take. The exercises were a bit confusing in how to operate the "console" viewer. Once you have completed an exercise you don't have your results as with the book. I'm for the book approach, but will do both.

    August 20, 2011

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