JS Course. 5 Months of Wild Bender

Jun 23

JS Course. 5 Months of Wild Bender

The original article can be found at dou.ua. This spring, JS courses organized by CodeAngels/Kottans guys were held in Kiev (http://dou.ua/forums/topic/8181, http://kottans.org). Courses were held  2 times a week in the evenings over approximately a 5 month period: Cogniance + workshops on Saturdays + homework to consolidate the material. The program was very intense: Programming with JavaScript; HTML and CSS basics; High level languages (CoffeeScript, TypeScript, Dart); Popular frameworks (Backbone.js, Angular.js, Ember.js); Testing applications (Jasmine, Mocha); Server-side JavaScript (Node.js, Meteor.js); Speeding page loading time using various technics. Basically, the classes were led by John, but we also had time to listen and to write code with many other wonderful people, among which there were: Alexander Beletsky (@alexbeletsky) – ▶JavaScript testing; Julia Budnik (@Jubudni) – ▶HTML&CSS; Eldar Jafarov (@edjafarov) – ▶Node.js; Artem Trityak (@ArtyomTrityak) – ▶Advanced Backbone.js; Andrew Listochkin (@listochkin) – Ember.js; Valentin Shibanov (@olostan) – ▶Angular.js; Dima Yarmak (@dmytroyarmak) – Backbone.js; Mikhail Bortnik (@vessi) – ▶WebRTC; Jenia Koshevoi (aka Jim) – d3.js; Dima Tselinko (Dmitry Tselinko) – JS basics, JS OOP; Dima Filipenko (@dmfilipenko) – JS, HTML, CSS. Also, talks by Kira Puchnina (@kira__kit), Anton Nemtsev (@SilentImp) and Alexander Boychenko (@banzalik) were scheduled; perhaps next time everything will go as planned 🙂 Artem shared some additional materials in his blog, the slides can be found here, and here there are a lot of different links. In general, the target audience of the courses is already developed IT specialists (back-end and front-end developers, QA, and even a PM-girl), and the test task initially required a certain amount of knowledge and skills. I’d like to point out that the emphasis was on best practices, knowledge sharing, “how not to shoot your leg using one or the other framework” and so on, and not on the summarizing lectures, which are unlikely to be interesting for people for a long time. Apart from other things, WebGL, package managers, CI configuration, testing, application deployment, and many other practical things were studied. And finally, some feedback: “First of all, I understood JavaScript, its strengths. Also courses gave me the basic knowledge of various frameworks, despite the fact that I don’t remember details, I already have a basis which I can use as a start and continue “the path of the Jedi”))). My...

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