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31AC JavaScript 101: First Look from an RPG Perspective

= Award Winning Session | = AIX | = IBM i | = Linux

Monday, April 27, 2015: 8:00 AM-9:15 AM
Nile (Disneyland Hotel )

Session Abstract:
Since its introduction in 1995, the JavaScript language has fast become the most prominent language on the Internet.  You would be hard-pressed to find a single page on the web today that does not employ some amount of JavaScript code.  Learning JavaScript (along with basic HTML and CSS concepts) should be at the top of the to-do list for every RPG developer looking to get started with serious web development.

This session serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of the JavaScript language, drawing comparisons to coding concepts that should be familiar to all RPG programmers.  No prior experience with web development is assumed.  Topics to be covered include basic variable declaration, comparison & assignment operators, conditional statements, arrays, loops and functions.  The instructor will demonstrate how you can practice these basic JavaScript concepts on your own using console tools inside the Google Chrome browser, and provide suggestions for further study of the language.

Learning Objectives:
Understand the core concepts behind the JavaScript language, and how to use JavaScript code to perform the same basic operations routinely done in RPG.

Know how to code and test blocks of JavaScript inside their own browser (specifically, we'll look at the console inside Google Chrome and the Firebug plug-in within Firefox).

Know where to go for further study of the langauge and what to focus on learning first.

    Audience:
    This session is geared to teach JavaScript basics to seasoned RPG developers, drawing comparisons to common concepts such as local and global variable declaration, if statements, do loops, select blocks, etc. This intent is to demystify JavaScript for beginners, get their feet wet in the coding process and provide direction for further learning.
    Level:
    Beginner



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