Posts Tagged 'jquery'

Example mashups take manhattan

A terrifying number of people have taken me up on the javascript business, and powered on through with material that we haven’t covered in class. OK, that is awesome, but if that’s the path we’ve gone down, I should almost certainly be taking questions on that theme…

For example, if you followed the link through to the google spreadsheet map maker from the last post in this series, then you might have found that it made you some horrible javascript that it is NOT obvious how to do nice stuff with, and how to attach javascript widgets to. If anyone wants to follow through a step-by-step rebuild of that into some nicer javascript, then we can do that.

We can also look at other things – Google Apps for Your Domain (or What Does Google Apps for Your Domain Actually Do?)… BBpress installation as an example alternate app install. It’s up to you.

Javascript Etude number 3

Ajax Laundry Detergent, 1965
If we have time today, I’d like to talk us all through a quick little exercise in javascript.

I’d like to invite you all to consider the Yahoo Pipe that aggregates our course, and how we could be including that in a web page.
Continue reading ‘Javascript Etude number 3’

WordPress in miniature.

Torn Posters
Here’s a handy tool for y’all. WordPress. It’s probably one of the most common CMSs (Content Management Systems) in existence. It’s written in PHP and the MySQL dialect of SQL, two languages that I do not intend to cover in this course.  The beauty of WordPress, as opposed to systems like Ruby on Rails, Joomla or Django, is that you can do a lot of stuff without having to touch the PHP/SQL stuff. I might argue that the beauty of Django or Rails is that it makes the code so simple that you don’t mind messing with it. But that is definitely digressing. You might want to give those frameworks a look if you are going further later on.

The distinction with all these systems, the thing that makes them different from the javascript-based code we’ve been developing so far, is that javascript runs (typically) in the browser, on the computer of the user who visits your page. PHP and SQL though are executed on a the server. This is why UTS pays Dreamhost money for the usage of their machines.

But one step at a time. WordPress is a great way of seeing how all this website stuff works… let’s take it from where we left off last time, installing stuff from the dreamhost control panel. Continue reading ‘WordPress in miniature.’

Tying things together

truth of the puppets''''

I’ve put the content of the evolving working page that we have made online as netcultures-html, and you can dive in to any given version and copy-and-paste it in to your webpage – e.g. this one.

The key Javascript lessons in this class are

  1. Basic Javascript rules
  2. Javascript functions
  3. jQuery events

Continue reading ‘Tying things together’

Getting animated

Thanks to pee nui for this happy snap

Thanks to pee nui for this happy snap

A prodding and pulling webpages until they twitch. Continue reading ‘Getting animated’