HTML5 Brunch Season 2

  • November 11, 2012 · 12:00 AM

We are very excited to announce a new self-study 
called HTML5 Brunch. It will begin on November 4.
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 HTML5 Boston 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 formats:

  • Member organized HTML5 Brunch meetups (TBD).
  • HTML5 Brunch Coffee Club (coming soon).

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 posted by Gene Babon 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 November 4.  Refer to the HTML5 Brunch Master Discussion List for specific dates.

Q: Do I have to wait until November 4 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.  Another study group jQuery jAM, Season 2 will be starting up on the same date by Boston PHP.

Let's do brunch!

Merlin Calo 
Assistant Organizer
HTML5 Boston

 

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  • Amy Kotsopoulos

    Hi Maureen, Next week looks good. The only night I could NOT do is Monday 12/10. There is a Panera in Shrewsbury and I believe a Starbucks in Westborough, either works for me. If the Marlboro Panera is best for the majority that also works for me. Just let me know the time. I look forward to meeting you.

    December 4, 2012

    • Maureen Ciaccio

      Amy and Stephen, I was just looking up directions for Starbucks in Westborough and I see there are two. I think the one on Rte 9 is closer to us so let's meet there unless either of you have another preference. I have never been to either.

      December 13, 2012

    • Amy Kotsopoulos

      Tne one on 9 works for me. See you at 7:30.

      December 13, 2012

  • Maureen Ciaccio

    I am new to this group and this format of learning so forgive me but I have a lot of questions. I have the book. Chapter one does not assign work. And I see several chapters after that are optional. As a group, will we be starting with chapter one and not skipping any? (Nothing to post for ch1?)

    When we "post" our pages, we are essentially linking pages to a dedicated website that we set up? The tweet is for what, exactly? At midnight of Sundays we tweet and look at each others' work online?

    Anyone live toward metro west area? I am way out in Marlborough -- so happy to at least connect virtually. I will try to make the actual meet ups now and then.

    Thanks for the help!

    November 7, 2012

    • Maureen Ciaccio

      Okay, great. See you then!

      November 13, 2012

    • Maureen Ciaccio

      Hi Stephen, See Amy's reply to me about meeting next week. Any evenings not good for you? Any preference as to location?

      December 5, 2012

  • Amy Kotsopoulos

    I am also in your neck of the woods (Shrewsbury) and would be interesting meeting. Know the Panera well my guys practice around the corner at Forekicks...This Wednesday I have a conflict, but would be interested in meeting up other weeks as the course ramps up.

    November 12, 2012

    • Maureen Ciaccio

      Hi Amy, Stephen and I got together a couple weeks ago in Northborough. I know you couldn't make it that week. Perhaps next week? I am open to meeting closer to Shrewsbury if you prefer. Stephen, can you make it next week too? Anyone else? Any evening is fine for me.

      December 4, 2012

  • Tim McKenna

    Anybody need the book/dvd. I'm in JP. Its brand new and I'll sell it for less than the Amazon price

    November 18, 2012

    • Tim McKenna

      Ice and coal

      November 19, 2012

    • Eli S

      Oh, that'd be awesome if we could meet sometime Friday or Saturday. Would you be available then?

      November 19, 2012

  • Merlin Calo

    Ok, since we have officially started "HTML5 Brunch Season 2" as of 12am Sunday. I would like to see all future discussions in the "HTML5 Brunch Master Discussion List". Scroll up on this page find, and click the link, that read "HTML5 Brunch Master Discussion List". If you are on chapter one, which most of us should be, you will select "Lesson One", and post your comment here. Make sure to enable your settings in your Meetup account to receive notifications from other members comments. Thanks!

    ~Cap'n Brunch

    November 13, 2012

  • Maureen Ciaccio

    Sounds great Amy. We will keep you in the loop. Anyone else out here in metrowest?

    November 12, 2012

  • susan cohen

    Merlin, What program was sent via you from twitter to verify my address. It downloaded a toolbar in my browser that I don't want. And now it can't be deleted. What is the name of the company so I can uninstall it. Please send this info ASAP. I'm very concerned. Thanks. Susan

    November 10, 2012

  • Dave Taylor

    I'm seeing alot of people's samples leading to broken links. Can we post wherever we please, or is there somewhere in particular that we are supposed to be adding our files?

    November 10, 2012

    • Merlin Calo

      Dave scroll up, and look for "Master Discussion List".

      1 · November 10, 2012

  • Dave Taylor

    where do I find link/information for tomorrow's discussion?

    November 10, 2012

    • Merlin Calo

      No discussion, chapter one starts tomorrow for the study group.

      November 10, 2012

  • David

    I've finished Chapter 1, and am working on Chapter 2. You can view my progress here: http://html5brunch.appspot.com­

    For those who don't have a hosting site yet, you can get free site hosting on Google's Appengine. You have to do a little bit of setup but it's not terrible difficult. I had never hosted anything on there before, and this morning it took me about 20 minutes to set up, and another 15 min to fiddle around with it, after which my site was up and running. If anyone wants some detail, you can email me, or I can make a post if there's enough interest. It's totally free, with relatively generous bandwidth and storage.

    And is anybody up in the North Shore area? I would welcome meeting fellow participants in this area. There's a Panera in Burlington, MA that has nice roomy tables and WiFi. I can also think of a couple of other locations. Perhaps either Sat. Nov 24th or Sun 25th.

    November 8, 2012

    • David

      Will do, Merlin. I'm ready start using that Master Discussion List. Thanks.

      November 8, 2012

    • Andrew Goss

      David, this is awesome. Thanks for sharing, I've been looking for free site hosting. I've got my basic site set up now and will be transferring my own domain to it shortly: http://andrewrgoss.ap...­

      November 9, 2012

  • Mary-Anne Wolf

    I have gotten the book and am working on Chapter 1. I live far enough outside of Boston that I do not plan to attend any live meetings downtown. However, if anyone wants to meet up along 128 or 495 or between them, I would be interested.

    November 8, 2012

    • Amanda Giles

      I'm interested as well, but I don't know if I would make it to Haverhill. I live north of Portsmouth, so it's still an hour drive. I would be constricted to evenings personally, but don't plan around me as I'm not sure i would make it given the distance.

      November 9, 2012

    • Maureen Ciaccio

      It is a bit far but once you two get organized, let me know and I will see if I can make it. You and Carl are much closer so plan around your schedules.

      November 9, 2012

  • Merlin Calo

    To @Malcolm 12am is midnight. Has everyone gotten a copy of there book yet? We have 4 more days before getting started. I will be updating the "master discussion list" shortly which is where all communication will be happening from chapter to chapter. That means questions, answers, your progress, links to your work, and so forth. If you do not already have a host to post your work, I recommend bluehost.com, because thats what I use. There are plenty of others out there to use, ask around for feedback if you like. Members are encouraged to create events locally ie: coffee shop, panera close to where you live for others to join for a couple of hours. Make sure you enable your settings within Meetup to receive messages from our wall for HTML5 Brunch, and discussion boards to receive relevant updates. I most likely will post an event for small gathering at a coffee shop a week after getting started. Do we have any people in the JP, Brookline, Hyde Park, Dedham areas? Captain Brunch

    November 7, 2012

    • Merlin Calo

      Dave where is 1and1 based out? I have not heard of them before, yet $30 for a year is not bad at all. Also Amazon AWS being free for the first year, sounds even better. How much @Tim after the first year? Looks like we have a few options for hosting packages. Thanks for the feedback Dave, and Tim. Can we get some other ideas from the group, for potential hosting packages at a reasonable price.

      November 8, 2012

    • David Draper

      1and1 is a German company that started as a T-Com a sister company to T-Mobile. They moved to the UK next and now they have offices and hosting facilities around the world. I started dealing with them when I worked for GeoTrust and they were a big reseller of our SSL certificates. In the past I had always used Network Solutions which I never had any issues with but the last couple of domains I setup I swapped to 1 & 1 because they are so much cheaper than Network Solutions.

      1 · November 9, 2012

  • Carl Eric Johnson

    If any HTML5 Brunchers are located in the vicinity of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, it would be great to get together from time to time. Let me know if you are interested. Cheers!

    November 8, 2012

    • Carl Eric Johnson

      Sounds good, Amanda. :-)

      November 9, 2012

    • Carl Eric Johnson

      Hi Mary-Anne. I read your other post. I work full-time, and I suspect most other people do, as well, so we'd have to meet after hours during the week or on the weekend. Keep me posted as to your luck getting people to the restaurant in Haverhill.

      November 9, 2012

  • Bob Hickey

    If you are looking for a simple hosting site, I've been using bytehost.com for the PHP Percolate 4 session and it's worked well (and it's free). They have a Cpanel to manage everything, an FTP interface or free FTP software you can download, and a url all your own. I upload my files and then post the url to the message board when it's ready for review. Might be worth a look.

    November 8, 2012

    • Ron Newman

      Where can I find out more information about this site? If I just go to bytehost.com or www.bytehost.com, I get a "Forbidden" error.

      November 8, 2012

    • Bob Hickey

      My bad. It's byethost.com. I should have cut/pasted. :-)

      November 9, 2012

  • susan cohen

    I do already have one and can post URL to assignment, I'm glad it's OK to do that.

    Thanks.

    1 · November 8, 2012

  • susan cohen

    susan cohen
    Bob's suggestion sounds good since he has already used it. and it is free. Although I will go along with whatever the meet-up leaders choose.

    November 8, 2012

    • Merlin Calo

      You can chose what ever host you want Susan. I would take everyone's suggestions, do some research on your own, and go with the best option for you.

      November 8, 2012

  • susan cohen

    I would vote for the least expensive option. I can create a class folder on my site and type in the link that anyone can click on to view all my assignments. Does that work?

    November 8, 2012

    • Merlin Calo

      If you have a host already that's fine. You are just going to want to post the links to your completed work on our "Master discussion list" according to the chapter. Nice job for already reading ahead! Feel free to comment in the "Master discussion list" on what you have learned in the first couple of chapters.

      November 8, 2012

    • susan cohen

      Okay, thanks!

      November 8, 2012

  • Carl Eric Johnson

    Hi everyone. I'm looking forward to this time together.

    As for Web hosting, if you're looking for room for a single site, then the low-cost alternatives that have been mentioned will probably do the trick for you. I've been very happy with Bluehost, though, and their service allows for unlimited domains and all sorts of other unlimited features. Normally their service costs $6.95 per month, but they're currently running a special of $3.95 per month, which you can get through my link, http://cejco.com/bluehost/­. You may have to purchase a multiyear package to get this price, but it's worth checking out. I like that I can host multiple sites on this single hosting account. My site for this class will be piggybacked on one of my existing accounts.

    Best wishes to everyone!

    1 · November 8, 2012

  • Ron Newman

    Please do tell us more, as I am totally unfamiliar with Google App Engine (didn't even know it existed).

    1 · November 8, 2012

    • Ron Newman

      I know some Java but haven't used it in years, and I don't know Python at all yet. It looks like anything served by the App Engine has to be one or the other?

      November 8, 2012

    • David

      I used Python, and I don't know Python much at all. Basically you just download the Python SDK, and make sure it's available to App Engine, like the writeup says. I didn't touch any Python code at all.

      November 8, 2012

  • Maureen Ciaccio

    Would it be ok if I put a password protected hyperlink to my chapter pages on my current website (and post the password, of course)? So as not to create and pay for another website. The link would be on the contact page and say html5.

    November 8, 2012

    • Maureen Ciaccio

      Merlin,Oh, sure. Just not used to doing this -- trying to imagine the process. I will try the google appengine david wrote about. Just to clarify, I paste a link to the webpage I create on this new website I will now create. Let me know if I am wrong. Thanks!

      November 8, 2012

    • Merlin Calo

      Maureen, that sounds great! If you read the events page for HTML5 Brunch Season 2, scroll up, and find the link that reads "master discussion list". Click that link, this is were you will comment when you have completed a chapter and post your links to completed exercises.

      November 8, 2012

  • susan cohen

    Since Ch1 has no deliverables maybe I'll wait for the first meeting to be sure how to connect. I already have a host, so I assume I have a way to send the info to the designated area (would Drop box work also?). Also, just to check, this does not have anything to do with twitter? :->

    November 7, 2012

    • Merlin Calo

      We are meeting up on the 25th if you can join us then Susan. You should be past the first 2 chapters by that point. Chapter one gives you an overview of HTML5 and some of its capabilities, and chapter 2 cover html, some xhtml, and css. Drop box which I use, is more for sharing and/or accessing files via a cloud. So its great for storing files or epubs, and accessing from anywhere, yet you are going to want to use a dedicated host, to post your work online. So others can view what you have done. The twitter hashtag #html5brunch was created as another means of communication for the html5 Brunch via Twitter. So even though you will be using the message boards to communicate primarily. Twitter is optional, yet a more immediate way to connect with your fellow brunch mates. So when you do a search using Twitter with #html5brunch, you will see tweets all related to HTML5 Brunch Season 2! You can share Twitter handles or go to peoples pages to connect via Twitter, mine is @MerlinCalo.

      November 8, 2012

    • susan cohen

      Great. I'd love to join in on the 25th. I've gone through the first three chapters already, but I think I'll revisit Chapter 1 again. A call to my host is on my schedule, and I'll join twitter and get in on that chat (I know, it's hard to believe someone who is not on twitter!! ;-) Is that meetup in JP?

      November 8, 2012

  • Merlin Calo

    Maureen, thanks for joining us, and your questions. Glad to hear you have already purchased the book. I looked at your background on your Meetup page, and I think you are making great timing to join HTML5 Brunch Season 2! The first chapter, does cover a back drop for HTML5. Remember some of us have experience in design, coding, and even back end development. Yet others may not have any experience at all. The first 5 chapters cover html, some xhtml, csss, and advanced css. So for some it will be an introductory, and for others it will be a good brush up. After chapter 5, in chapter 6 we will actually be using html5 markup. We will be starting on chapter 1, yet more advanced people can skip ahead if they really want to. We are just doing a chapter a week, a gradual pace to position everyone to succeed, by getting through the book together, and learning some new skills along the way.

    November 8, 2012

    • Merlin Calo

      When you start getting through the exercises, yes you will post your work with links. You show off your work through the Master Discussion List I have set up above, I just need to update the dates. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask away. ~Cap'n Brunch

      November 8, 2012

  • susan cohen

    Coolidge Corner would be a great location for me. I have a pretty flexible schedule also.

    November 7, 2012

  • Merlin Calo

    Feel free to post any questions you may have...

    November 7, 2012

  • Merlin Calo

    We decided to future date "HTML5 Brunch Season 2", to Sunday November 11. We made this decision since we had an unexpected storm today Monday, October 29, due to hurricane Sandy, causing us to change todays event "Anatomy of a virtual study group & essentials of HTML5 for mobile and desktop" to Monday, November 5. Its our intention for "HTML5 Brunch Season 2" to start after this event. Thanks for your patience, and looking forward to doing brunch with you soon!

    Captain Brunch

    October 29, 2012

  • Gene Babon

    Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface: IE10 meets modern mobile HTML5.

    http://ow.ly/eBYoS­

    October 19, 2012

  • Gene Babon

    HTML5 vs. Apps: Why The Debate Matters, And Who Will Win.

    http://ow.ly/eAKtL­

    October 18, 2012

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