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Course Review: Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start

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Provider: MVA [course page]
Lecturer: Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo
Subject: Computer Science / Programming / Software Development
Delivery: Self-paced, Asynchronous study
Completion Date: 11/29/2013

Description: Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo bring the first day of a two-day intense training webinar on using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript to create applications. They use tools such as Visual Studio coupled by the CodeShow project at CodePlex to provide working examples to demonstrate the numerous things being discussed. The six modules are broken up into two videos of between 19 and 35 minutes in length, with a self-assessment test and a pdf of the slides once you succeed in the test. [N.B. This is a condensed version of a normally 5-day training seminar.]

Strengths: One of the things that I have noticed about many of the MVA-specific events is a tendency to use light humour as a ice-breaker and to facilitate learning within the educational environment. This course is no different, with the humour also reducing the exhaustion of this recording of a day-long live event. The material was not only face-paced, but was coupled with some great examples that made it really easy to make sense of most of the material. I also found myself seeing a real use for some of the in-built functions for the sections Javascript.

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Conclusion: I have done some mild self-paced study on Javascript, but this course managed to answer some of my lingering questions regarding some aspects of the prototype-oriented programming language. The lecturers were personable chaps and the material made easy to understand by the manner in which it was taught. If you did the HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners course I reviewed a while back, then I think you will find Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start course a great supplement to the material that Bob Tabor discussed. It is also great preparation for a certification exam. I recommend this course for anyone with some HTML5 and CSS3 as well as some Javascript under their belt, that is looking to add a little bit extra to their toolkit. Given the use of Visual Studio in the example, you might take a liking to the software and decide to give the express version a run.

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