JS201: Intro to jQuery

Braintree - 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 800 Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Sat, Aug 8, 2015, 10:00 AM (CDT)

About this event

Meet jQuery, a small, cross-browser JavaScript library that makes adding interactivity, animation, and manipulating the DOM on your website easier. In fact, you've probably already met, as jQuery is the world's most popular JS library and has been used on some of the world's most popular websites.
In this evening workshop, you'll be getting to know it better.

We'll cover the basics: traversing web pages to find and manipulate elements; creating and injecting elements; listening for events; creating animation and effects; and following good jQuery patterns. Just like with our one-day workshops, we'll have hands-on exercises throughout the night.

This is intended to be a follow-up workshop for JS101: Intro to JavaScript, or for those already comfortable with JavaScript and HTML and looking to expand their skills. 

JS101 is offered in the weeks leading up to this class, as a 4-part series on July 13, 15, 20 & 22. Link here.

Cost: $30 

Date: Saturday, August 8th from 10 AM - 1 PM*
*We won't break for lunch during this short workshop, but Braintree is generously providing snacks & beverages!

Location: Braintree, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 800

No shows: your course fee will be donated to the chapter scholarship fund. 


Attendees should be comfortable with HTML5 and CSS3: specifically, you should understand the box model, floats, CSS resets, and HTML5 standards and tags. Additionally, you should be familiar with JavaScript syntax, data structures, conditionals, loops, and event handling. 

You should have: 

(a) taken Intro or Intermediate HTML/CSS through Girl Develop It, or
(b) built and managed websites on your own, 

And also: 

(a) taken JS101 through Girl Develop It (full 4-week series, or completed all exercises and homework for the self-paced workshop), or
(b) have completed a self-study JavaScript course, and are familiar with syntax, arrays, conditionals, for and while loops, and event handling. 

If you need to brush up on your HTML and CSS, you can review The Beginner's Guide to HTML and CSS and The Advanced Guide to HTML and CSS (lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 8).

Tech requirements: 

• Your laptop (Mac, PC, or Linux are all okay).
• A modern web browser - either Chrome or Firefox with Firebug installed.
• A text editor. We recommend Sublime Text 2 (free; available for both Mac and PC).

Topics covered:
• What is jQuery? What is a JavaScript library?
• Finding, creating, changing, and reading elements
• Looping
• Events, effects, and animation
• Method chaining
• An introduction to jQuery plugins

Instructor: Lindsey Brockman

Lindsey has been a Chicago-based software engineer for 3 years. She has worked extensively with Python and Django, but also nerds out about SQL, testing, and Clean Code. Ask her about her cat Benson. She'll show you pictures.

Host: Braintree

At Braintree, we’re building products that make payments easier—so easy that they fade into the background, making entirely new kinds of interactions possible. Our full-stack payment platform lets companies build their own experiences and then scale their businesses around the globe. Our technology fuels companies like Github, 37Signals, Uber, Airbnb, OpenTable, Heroku & more.

If you are interested in being a teaching assistant for this workshop, please contact Paige through Meetup or via email. TAing is a great way to practice what you know and to get to know members of our community.

A limited number of scholarships are available for those with a financial hardship. To apply, click here. Do not RSVP for the event. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is July 25th. Scholarship applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline. Class capacity does not impact scholarship students.

All attendees, including staff and volunteers, are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It code of conduct.

Upcoming summer JS courses you might be interested in:
JS202: Intro to AJAX/JSON - (coming in August)
JS203: Intro to Client-side APIs - (coming in August)
JS204: Object-Oriented JavaScript - (coming in Aug./Sept.)
JS205: Intro to MVC Frameworks


Saturday, Aug 8
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)


222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 800 Chicago