HTML5 Brunch

  • January 1, 2012 · 12:00 AM

We are very excited to announce a new self-study group called HTML5 Brunch. It will begin on January 1. If you would like to learn HTML5 from the ground up, consider joining us.

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

  • Each participant purchases the same textbook (HTML5 Digital Classroom).
  • Each participant commits to read one chapter per week, complete the exercises and post a link to the completed work. Tweet using the hashtag #html5brunch.
  • 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, if you live in the Boston area, in the following three formats:

  • Member organized HTML5 Brunch meetups
  • PHP Percolate Coffee Club (occasional Saturday mornings at a Starbucks in Melrose, MA).
  • Developer Dorm Room (occasional all-day Saturdays at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, MA).

How do I get started?


  1. Become a member of Boston PHP, if are not already a member.
  2. Register for HTML5 Brunch.  Simply RSVP: Yes
  3. Purchase a book (the only program cost).  Simply visit the Boston PHP store and order HTML5 Digital Classroom in one of two formats:



  4. When your book arrives, start your virtual learning by reading one chapter per week. Complete the exercises and post a link to the completed work.

To learn more about this textbook, check out the review I posted at Amazon.com.

FAQs:

Q: How long will the course last?

A: We will cover 11 lessons (chapters) in the book, so 11 eleven weeks starting January 1.  Refer to the HTML5 Brunch Master Discussion List for specific dates.

Q: Do I have to wait until January 1 to begin?

A: No need to wait.  Feel free to begin by reading the first lesson (chapter) once you obtain a copy of your book.  Lessons 2 thru 5 are optional, but are highly recommended if you are new to HTML and CSS, or need a refresher.  Expect the course to last four weeks longer if decide to cover the material in the four optional lessons.

Q: What if I didn't RSVP in time and still want to join?

A: Just write us a note, and if there is still time we can add you to the list. Or you can wait until the next season when we start another.


Final Note: This virtual self-study group is for Web designers and developers who have a working knowledge of XHTML and CSS and want to learn the basics of the new HTML5 and CSS3 standards which are in development and currently in use on iPhones and iPads.  A follow-up jQuery jAM virtual self-study group is being considered in 2012 to learn jQuery Mobile 1.0 which was officially released in November 2011.

Let's do brunch!

Gene Babon
Assistant Organizer
Boston PHP

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  • Shreyas (.

    Brunchmates,
    Still wondering how to tell HTML from HTML5? You'll find a foolproof algorithm here: http://shar.es/gnF0h­

    February 16, 2012

  • Barb O.

    This is an excellent way to supplement training for new skills! I'm working full time and going to school part-time but still am able to keep up with the HTML5 Brunch because it's so well organized. Thank You for this opportunity!

    January 30, 2012

  • Shreyas (.

    Cambridge and Somerville brunchmates, you can keep track of upcoming local meetups here: http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp...­.
    We meet for an hour every Sunday at 10.30am at Panera Bread near Porter Square. Generally, the agenda is free form - we review a chapter and help each other understand code snippets from the exercises.
    Did I mention they have free parking? Please RSVP if you can make it.

    1 · January 23, 2012

  • Ramiro

    Amazing experience so far. I appreciate Gene Babon's continued oversight of the HTML5 Brunch forum.

    January 21, 2012

  • Gene B.

    @Tamara -- No need to use Twitter to post homework. Although anyone who wants to communicate via Twitter can now use following hash tag: #HTML5brunch compliments of fellow Brunchmate, Joshua Thayer @JThayerDesigns.

    January 17, 2012

  • Tamara

    Question - do we have to use Twitter to post our homework? My tweets are protected, which means other people won't be able to see them by searching for the hashtag.

    1 · January 17, 2012

  • Ron N.

    Thanks, Michael. I just ordered the book (as well as last fall's jQuery/Javascript book) and will start as soon as it arrives on Thursday.

    January 10, 2012

  • Tracy C.

    Very helpful. Keep up the good work!

    January 9, 2012

  • Pat M.

    Plowing my way into Chapter 2. This is awesome... as in intimidating!!!!

    January 9, 2012

  • Karen C.

    Done with Chapter 1... Hope they are all that easy :-)

    January 9, 2012

  • Michael B.

    @Ron,
    I just added you. Though you have some catching up to do. - Buy the book from our store (http://store.bostonphp.org­)
    - Start reading
    - Post your progress

    Read this to get started:
    http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp...­]

    January 8, 2012

  • Duke

    Ditto!

    January 7, 2012

  • Ron N.

    If I still want to join this, how do I do so?

    January 7, 2012

  • Edward C. D.

    Hi! I could meet in Providence or Taunton, MA.
    I put in a third on the Providence area. I live in Berkley, MA, but Providence is actually a shorter trip for me than Boston/ Cambridge. I also have an available location for anyone who can meet in Taunton, MA. It is a nightclub in the evening but we could use the space during the day or I could schedule us sometime between the "doors open" time and the time the entertainment begins. If there is any interest I will create the meetup.

    January 4, 2012

  • Pat Y.

    Good so far. Chapter 1 set solid foundation.

    January 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just started, so I'm expecting it will get better... but I'm already pretty frustrated!
    a) simple proofreading could eliminate much redundancy in opening chapters - I question the value of a text with so much irrelevant repetition.
    b) Why a printed textbook instead of on-line material? - tiny font is hard to read (note pg 31, which is practically illegible), a problem easily solved on computer, while examples & links would be much more accessible on-line.
    I'm hoping it will get better - there's important info here that I need to see!

    January 1, 2012

  • Mary C.

    I'd like to meet up in the Providence area, too.

    January 1, 2012

  • shawn

    Hello. I'm looking for other people in the Rhode Island area who would like to meet up locally instead of going to Boston. @sboyle92

    January 1, 2012

  • Gene B.

    @Brunchmates -- We are thrilled to be joined by Jeremy Osborn, the author of HTML5 Digital Classroom. The journey begins in three days. Expect details to arrive via e-mail.

    1 · December 29, 2011

  • Gene B.

    @Joss @Robin @Naro -- Feel free to go to the Home page and click the "+ Schedule a New Meetup" link. Boston|Alston|Brighton|Brookline will easily comprise a large pool of participants. You can use Peter's True North HTML5 Brunch as an example ~~ http://bit.ly/srR7wS­

    1 · December 28, 2011

  • Naro

    I live in Brookline too. Lets meet!

    1 · December 27, 2011

  • Robin

    YES! I live in Brookline and meeting in Allston/Brighton would be perfect.

    1 · December 26, 2011

  • Joss

    Any body want to meet around Allston or Brighton?

    1 · December 26, 2011

  • Gene B.

    The Definitive Guide To HTML5: 14 Predictions For 2012 ~~ http://tcrn.ch/tKsIpQ­

    1 · December 22, 2011

  • Michael B.

    Last year we had a great presentation from Philippe Le Hegaret of W3C, who created the spec for HTML5. You all should watch it, a great overview of the cool things you can do with HTML5.

    http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp...­

    1 · December 18, 2011

  • Gene B.

    @Bruce -- Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm. Feel free to go to the home page and click "Schedule a New Meetup" to generate interest from members who live in the Providence area.

    1 · December 17, 2011

  • Bruce Donald C.

    Two thoughts: 1) If there are folks who would rather meet in person in Providence than Boston, I could coordinate a Providence location for us all (otherwise I can make a few of the Boston in-person meetings). 2) I think the JQuery follow-on should be a definite and if anyone needs help coordinating it, they could consider me keen to help out. This is exactly what the world needs right now so let's all make this a showcase example of how well this form of learning can thrive! Yip.

    1 · December 17, 2011

  • Martin M.

    Those graphical code examples only seem to be in the early chapters of the Kindle Version. In the later chapters they are plain text with code chances in red.

    However, keep an eye out for typos in the book, such as <aside="articleaside"­> should be <aside class="articleaside">­ in lesson 6.

    December 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Janet I was just noticing that myself. My text wouldn't style purple until I went back, zoomed with full screen zoom on the Mac, and noticed the dot. Once again, publishers are giving short shrift to the Kindle version - very annoying. I bought an iPad recently and have had much better luck with books in ePub format.

    December 16, 2011

  • Janet R.

    I bought the Kindle version, and was indeed able to download the videos and sample code. One downside to the electronic version is that the code snippets are graphics, and they aren't zoomable. They render in about an 8 pt font. In a few places, this matters. (Example - Ch 2 external CSS illustration step 4, the dot before the .purple selector is nearly invisible.) I'm reading with the Mac kindle and Cloud Reader apps on my laptop desktop monitor.

    December 16, 2011

  • Irrra

    I'll try my best to come this Sun.

    December 15, 2011

  • Shreyas (.

    @Danielle, @Cambridge, @Somerville - I have suggested a new meetup at Panera Bread, Sunday at 10:30am. Agenda, details here: http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp...­ I will bring my book if anyone wants to have a look at it. Please RSVP if you can make it.

    December 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    How was the meetup last Sunday in Porter Sq? Is there another meeting scheduled for this Sunday or are we waiting until the start of class?

    December 15, 2011

  • Emily T.

    Ok, I'm in! I am so rusty now that I have my CDIA certificate in hand, yet don't get any practice at all through my work (yet, working on that). So...YES! I can meet on Saturdays or Sundays, am in Arlington.

    December 14, 2011

  • Gene B.

    @Martin -- From Tom Pettingill above (December 2): "Janet, I just bought the ebook. They provide a link to a web page where you can watch the videos."

    December 10, 2011

  • Martin M.

    @Gene -- Does the Kindle version still get you access to the content that is on the DVD?

    December 9, 2011

  • Gene B.

    @Martin -- A search on BN.com revealed only a paperback version. Feel free to contact author and Boston PHP member, Jeremy Osborn <<< http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp...­ >>> to confirm.

    December 7, 2011

  • Martin M.

    Is there a Nook version of the book?

    December 7, 2011

  • Peter M.

    @Jen, Barb, Katherine - and anyone else who'll be available this Sunday for a Burlington Meetup - RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp...­

    December 7, 2011

  • Peter M.

    @Barb - If you can stop by for a while that would be great.
    I was planning to go from 8 or 8:30 to 10 or 10:30.
    @Michael Bourque - I put a calendar request on the Meetup Calendar for this Sunday. Can you do your moderator magic and add it to the official schedule? Thanks

    December 7, 2011

  • Michael B.

    Find others to learn HTML5 with...

    Visit the site, register where you will be, what you will be doing. Then it will let others find you easily so they can join you.

    Visit http://www.workwithme.org­ and tell us where you will be.

    December 6, 2011

  • Lance P.

    Ray, I would love to join your local study group when the Brunch next year.

    December 6, 2011

  • Gene B.

    I just posted the HTML5 Brunch Master Discussion List <<< http://bit.ly/s23oed­ >>>. The next target is to assemble a master e-mail list (via Meetup). I will provide further details once this is complete. Special thanks to Peter (Burlington) and Ray (Cambridge) for setting up local meetups. I can tell this is going to be a fun team to work with!

    December 6, 2011

  • Barb O.

    @Jen I am in Southern NH too so perhaps we should do a Peterbrough meetup or Nashua, depending on if anyone else wants to join from Southern NH or Northern MA.

    December 6, 2011

  • Barb O.

    @Peter I may be interested in Burlington this Sunday but I can't stay too long, just long enough to say hi to folks because I have class all day Saturday and it's just too much over the weekend. But please feel free to continue. :)

    December 6, 2011

  • Shreyas (.

    Cambridge and Somerville HTML5 scholars - I have suggested a new meetup event at Panera Bread, Porter Square here - http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp...­ Feel free to RSVP if you can make it

    December 6, 2011

  • Peter M.

    @Gene - thanks.
    @Katherine, @Jen - I'll set a time after I talk to the owner.

    December 6, 2011

  • Katherine W.

    Peter, count me in please.

    December 6, 2011

  • Gene B.

    @Peter -- Go for it. I appreciate your leadership. I'll pass on Burlington. Everyone's enthusiasm is impressive. Chapter 1 is required. Chapters 2 thru 5 are optional. I'll be posting a Master Discussion List later in the week to help you get started.

    December 6, 2011

  • Jen K.

    I can be there. I'm good anytime until noon.

    December 6, 2011

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