Web Development for Beginners – A Curriculum
Hearty thanks to our authors Jen Looper, Chris Noring, Christopher Harrison, Jasmine Greenaway, Yohan Lasorsa, Floor Drees, and sketchnote artist Tomomi Imura!
Students, to use this curriculum on your own, fork the entire repo and complete the exercises on your own, starting with a pre-lecture quiz, then reading the lecture and completing the rest of the activities. Try to create the projects by comprehending the lessons rather than copying the solution code; however that code is available in the /solutions folders in each project-oriented lesson. Another idea would be to form a study group with friends and go through the content together. For further study, we recommend Microsoft Learn and by watching the videos mentioned below.
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🎥 Click the image above for a video about the project and the folks who created it!
🎓 You can take the first few lessons in this curriculum as a Learn Path on Microsoft Learn!
In addition, a low-stakes quiz before a class sets the intention of the student towards learning a topic, while a second quiz after class ensures further retention. This curriculum was designed to be flexible and fun and can be taken in whole or in part. The projects start small and become increasingly complex by the end of the 12 week cycle.
Each lesson includes:
- optional sketchnote
- optional supplemental video
- pre-lesson warmup quiz
- written lesson
- for project-based lessons, step-by-step guides on how to build the project
- knowledge checks
- a challenge
- supplemental reading
- post-lesson quiz
A note about quizzes: All quizzes are contained in this app, for 48 total quizzes of three questions each. They are linked from within the lessons but the quiz app can be run locally; follow the instruction in the
quiz-app folder. They are gradually being localized.
|Project Name||Concepts Taught||Learning Objectives||Linked Lesson||Author|
|01||Getting Started||Introduction to Programming and Tools of the Trade||Learn the basic underpinnings behind most programming languages and about software that helps professional developers do their jobs||Intro to Programming Languages and Tools of the Trade||Jasmine|
|02||Getting Started||Basics of GitHub, includes working with a team||How to use GitHub in your project, how to collaborate with others on a code base||Intro to GitHub||Floor|
|03||Getting Started||Accessibility||Learn the basics of web accessibility||Accessibility Fundamentals||Christopher|
|05||JS Basics||Functions and Methods||Learn about functions and methods to manage an application’s logic flow||Functions and Methods||Jasmine and Christopher|
|06||JS Basics||Making Decisions with JS||Learn how to create conditions in your code using decision-making methods||Making Decisions||Jasmine|
|08||Terrarium||HTML in Practice||Build the HTML to create an online terrarium, focusing on building a layout||Introduction to HTML||Jen|
|09||Terrarium||CSS in Practice||Build the CSS to style the online terrarium, focusing on the basics of CSS including making the page responsive||Introduction to CSS||Jen|
|12||Green Browser Extension||Working with Browsers||Learn how browsers work, their history, and how to scaffold the first elements of a browser extension||About Browsers||Jen|
|14||Green Browser Extension||Background processes in the browser, web performance||Use the browser’s background processes to manage the extension’s icon; learn about web performance and some optimizations to make||Background Tasks and Performance||Jen|
|16||Space Game||Drawing to canvas||Learn about the Canvas API, used to draw elements to a screen||Drawing to Canvas||Chris|
|17||Space Game||Moving elements around the screen||Discover how elements can gain motion using the cartesian coordinates and the Canvas API||Moving Elements Around||Chris|
|18||Space Game||Collision detection||Make elements collide and react to each other using keypresses and provide a cooldown function to ensure performance of the game||Collision Detection||Chris|
|19||Space Game||Keeping score||Perform math calculations based on the game’s status and performance||Keeping Score||Chris|
|20||Space Game||Ending and restarting the game||Learn about ending and restarting the game, including cleaning up assets and resetting variable values||The Ending Condition||Chris|
|21||Banking App||HTML Templates and Routes in a Web App||Learn how to create the scaffold of a multipage website’s architecture using routing and HTML templates||HTML Templates and Routes||Yohan|
|22||Banking App||Build a Login and Registration Form||Learn about building forms and handing validation routines||Forms||Yohan|
|23||Banking App||Methods of Fetching and Using Data||How data flows in and out of your app, how to fetch it, store it, and dispose of it||Data||Yohan|
|24||Banking App||Concepts of State Management||Learn how your app retains state and how to manage it programmatically||State Management||Yohan|
You can run this documentation offline by using Docsify. Fork this repo, install Docsify on your local machine, and then in the root folder of this repo, type
docsify serve. The website will be served on port 3000 on your localhost:
A PDF of all of the lessons can be found here
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