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University of Pennsylvania

Programming for the Web with JavaScript

University of Pennsylvania via edX

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This course is running for one last time and will retire soon. Last day to enroll is November 23rd.

JavaScript is the programming language of the World Wide Web.

As a professional web software developer, you will not only need to know how to program in this simple yet powerful language, but you will need to understand the fundamentals of how data is exchanged on the World Wide Web (WWW) and what tools and frameworks are available to you for creating robust, interactive web applications.

This course, part of the CS Essentials for Software Development Professional Certificate program, provides an introduction to modern web development using JavaScript. In addition to exploring the basics of web page creation using HTML and CSS, you will learn advanced web page layout and responsive design tools such as Bootstrap. You will also learn how browsers represent a web page data using the Document Object Model (DOM) and how to develop dynamic, interactive web pages using JavaScript in the browser. Beyond fundamental JavaScript syntax and advanced language features such as callbacks, events, and asynchronous programming, you will work with jQuery, which provides functionality for simplified DOM manipulation and event handling.

This course will also introduce you to modern web frameworks and component-based libraries such as React.js for efficiently developing modular web page components, and D3.js for creating data-driven documents. We will also teach you how to represent and exchange data using JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), and how to access RESTful APIs on the web.

Server-side JavaScript is becoming more prevalent in the industry, with web frameworks such as Node.js and Express making it simple to create and deploy complex, data-driven web applications. This course will prepare you to use such frameworks and show you how to integrate them with NoSQL databases such as MongoDB.


Week 1: Web Programming Basics

Week 2: Using JavaScript to Create Dynamic Web Pages

Week 3: Client-Side Frameworks for Developing Modular Web Page Components

Week 4: Building Scalable Web Apps with Server-Side JavaScript

Taught by

Chris Murphy


4.5 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

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  • The course was well laid out. It includes basic Javascript, even though I used it for NodeJS and React, which is also a part of it, and then you do some scalable web apps using NodeJS and Express, and MongoDB. All in all, a full package. Requirements and labs are intriguing, quizzes check out your syntactic and semantic comprehension. All in all, a good course.
  • This entry level course is quite comprehensive, covering a lot of areas of web developing. The assignments are considerably challenging.

    I could've felt a lot better towards this course if the auto-grader for Assignment 3 didn't fail so miserably.
  • This platform is good to learn for beginners, so plz spread the channel to ur friends...................................
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    Đanyar Ömar
    Thanks for your subject , is the must interesting course have i ever seen before
    And now i like to study this coursebut i dont know can you help me please....?

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