JS202: AJAX and JSON

Brad's Deals - 640 N. LaSalle St., Suite 460 Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Thu, Aug 13, 2015, 6:00 PM (CDT)

About this event

In this evening workshop, we'll learn about AJAX and JSONP, the technologies that let websites pull information in dynamically from servers. These technologies are essential to modern websites. This workshop includes hands-on exercises to practice your skills and includes homework for additional practice.

This is intended to be a follow-up workshop for JS101 and JS201, or for those already comfortable with JavaScript and jQuery looking to expand their skills.

Cost: $35

Dates: Thursday, August 13th from 6-9 PM

Location: Brad's Deals, 640 N. La Salle St.

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 August 6th. Scholarship applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline. Class capacity does not impact scholarship students. 


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 (full 4-week series, or completed all exercises and homework for the self-paced workshop) and JS201 through Girl Develop It, or

(b) have completed a self-study JavaScript course, and are familiar with syntax, arrays, conditionals, for and while loops, event handling, and jQuery.

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. To brush up on jQuery, see Try jQuery.

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:

• Brief review of JavaScript and HTML's intense friendship

• What is JSON? Writing it and reading it

• Using JavaScript to insert JSON into the DOM

• How the web interacts with users

• What is AJAX?

• XMLHttpRequests and responses

• jQuery + AJAX = <3

• Debugging AJAX requests

• AJAX and servers; what is cross-domain?

• Common AJAX gotchas

Instructor: Lauren Scott

Lauren is a full-stack web developer, poet, Dev Bootcamp graduate, and general life enthusiast.  She loves programming because it combines her passion for creating things with her love of problem solving.  Girl Develop It gave her a safe space to throw herself whole-heartedly into web development, and she’s ready to pay it forward!  She’s passionate about teaching, learning, coding, feminism, tabletop RPGs and a good dumpling.

Hosted by: Brad's Deals

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.

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


Thursday, Aug 13
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)


Brad's Deals
640 N. LaSalle St., Suite 460 Chicago