HighEdWeb Assocation
The Annual Conference for Higher Education Web Professionals, Austin, Texas, October 23-26, 2011

Session Details

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

WRK1 Workshops Track

Hill Country D


Today's website consumers demand a tremendous amount of flexibility, resposiveness and interactivity from the sites they visit. People have become used to Web applications like Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter that 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. For those who attended in 2009 you should expect to see an increased number of exercises this year. This year's will closely resemble 2010's successful model, with different exercises. You should come prepared with a laptop, your favorite text editor, and the latest version of the Firefox Web browser. Before the conference we'll also provide a list of Firefox extensions you'll need to install. A familiarity with JavaScript, DOM, XHTML, CSS and some client-side programming is necessary for this session.