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A Nuts-and-Bolts Introduction to Client-side Interactivity with jQuery and AJAX

#WRK1 Workshops Track

Room 106A


Today's website consumers demand a tremendous amount of flexibility, responsiveness and interactivity. People have become used to Web applications like Facebook, GMail and Twitter which make heavy use of Web browser client-side programming in JavaScript and interaction with Web services using the AJAX programming model. This workshop will teach you the basics of Web browser client-side programming using Web standards. We'll take a quick tour of HTTP, DOM, Javascript, XML and JSON, then jump in with hands-on exercises using the jQuery Javascript library, building up an interactive website utilizing AJAX Web services. This year's session will closely resemble 2012's successful model, with different exercises. You should come prepared with a laptop, your favorite text editor and the latest version of the Chrome Web browser. Before the conference we'll also provide a list of Chrome extensions you'll need to install. A familiarity with JavaScript, DOM, HTML, CSS and some client-side programming is necessary for this session.


Jason Woodward
Co-founder / CTO, RecoVend, Inc.

Jason Woodward has been a professional Web developer since 1996. In 1998, for 4 years he built the software running Then, for 10 years he built Web content management and administrative Web applications for Cornell University. He left in 2011 to pursue his own ventures, eventually co-founding RecoVend and BetaMatch. He holds a BS and M.Eng in computer science from Cornell University.

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