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  • Alejandro Sanchez
    Mar 23 2016 - 1:19pm

    A wonderful introduction to making sites using content management systems [CMS]. Using WordPress.com as its platform the course describes and shows the process of making a web presence without downloading any software or costs. Although, the course shows how to create posts, the focus is on how to setup and create of a site right away.

  • Logan Franken
    Nov 8 2013 - 1:07pm

    A solid overview of test-driven development (TDD). The focus of this short, two-hour course is not to provide extensive code samples or in-depth discussions of TDD techniques, but rather to explain TDD and provide the viewer with the basic concepts and tools necessary to help them begin using this development approach.

  • Logan Franken
    Nov 1 2013 - 1:02pm

    A comprehensive, hands-on exploration of the essential aspects of the distributed version control system, Git. I have been cautiously using Git for a couple years now, nervously punching in commands and tensing with each merge; after taking this training, I now feel that I have a strong, foundational understanding of the version control system. I push, pull, and branch with confidence.

  • Logan Franken
    May 8 2013 - 9:31am

    A comprehensive overview of the HTML featureset, from the basics of setting up a HTML document to the creation of forms with newer HTML5 inputs. The speaker maintains an even, measured pace throughout the entire series and speaks with a calm, steady voice that should make the material amenable to both those completely new to HTML as well as those looking for a review of HTML's various capabilities.

  • Ann Dundon
    Mar 20 2013 - 11:18am

    A well-organized and clearly presented, hands-on training course in Ajax fundamentals.  Because the exercises require hosting the sample files on a server, the first few chapters were devoted to downloading and installing extra software required for setup--for most techs these chapters would be redundant.  The material, however, is presented in a cleanly modular way, making it very easy to skip over content you don't need.

  • Ann Dundon
    Mar 20 2013 - 11:17am

    A well-presented and practical training course in jQuery basics.  Excellent organization, nicely chunked. Appropriate exercises every step of the way, clearly presented. I liked the fact that you can work on one section at a time, and pause to take notes and try out the exercises. Recommendations for followup courses are suggested at the conclusion of training.

    This course was released in 2009; the libraries (jQuery UI in particular) have changed since then. I'd like to see an updated version of this tutorial.

  • Ann Dundon
    Mar 19 2013 - 3:49pm

    Excellent introductory course. It covered a great deal of material, and struck a nice balance between explanation of principles/approach, and hands-on drill-down to very specific applications. Exercises included setting up a developer environment with selected mobile device emulators, which was extremely useful. The pacing was brisk and kept my attention.

    This course was produced in July 2011; the content is current.

  • Ann Dundon
    Mar 19 2013 - 3:47pm

    An excellent introduction to HTML5. Includes a useful comparison with HTML4, an overview of browser support (or lack of support) for the new specification, and an in-depth, hands-on look at new HTML5 features and best practices.  The course is very clearly organized and the exercises appropriate and useful. Exercises included new ways of handling traditional Web functionality as well as a taste of API support and associated technologies (geolocation, local storage, Web sockets) not currently available in HTML4, making the exercises a lot of fun to try out.