[Noisebridge WebDev] Frontend Web Development, Monday 8pm: Backend web development

Jeffrey Carl Faden jeffreyatw at gmail.com
Sun Oct 13 17:04:56 UTC 2013

Monday's class is all about the seedy underbelly of web development: the

I know we already have a backend class here at Noisebridge (
https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Backend_web_dev_in_Ruby_on_Rails), but this
one is tailored toward frontend developers wanting to get a taste of how
things come together. We'll spend the first half talking about PHP, then
move onto a Rails, a more complex example.

The recap period will be used to make sure your computer is set up for the
class, as there's a lot of preparation to be done. Here are the steps used
for class preparation:


===== THE EASY WAY: =====
If you would like to follow along, the easiest option is to run a virtual
* Install VirtualBox AND the Extension Pack:
* Download this preconfigured Ubuntu virtual machine (1.84GB):
* Double-click the .ova file. You should check the "reinitialize the MAC
address" step.
* Start the machine after installation and you're all set!
* System username and password are both "frontend". Feel free to change
them if that's uncomfortable.

===== THE HARDER WAY: =====
If you don't want to use a virtual machine.

On Linux, you'll need to follow these steps:
* https://github.com/joshfng/railsready
** When installing, choose RVM.
** Also run sudo apt-get install nodejs
* https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ApacheMySQLPHP

On Windows or Mac OS X:

* Start with RailsInstaller: http://railsinstaller.org/
* And for PHP:
** Mac: http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html
** Windows: http://www.wampserver.com/en/

===== THE HARDEST WAY: =====
Install Apache, PHP, RVM, Ruby, and Rails individually. Good luck!

If you can't make it to this week's lecture, you can watch a live video
stream of the class. Join this Google+ Event to be notified of when to hop
on (you don't have to be a Google+ member):
This video stream will also be available to watch after the class is

--- The usual details follow ---

Learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript - and put them to good use! This weekly
lecture series, taught by Jeffrey Carl Faden, is aimed at complete
beginners who are interested in making websites, as well as seasoned
professionals looking to brush up on the latest and greatest.

Frontend web development is all about making code that runs in the browser
(versus code that runs on the server). There isn't a big focus on web
design (creating wireframes and mockups), but we do cover best practices
for turning these designs into beautiful code.

The class starts on Monday at 8pm, and goes until 10pm! Plan to arrive
EARLY, as the class has been filling up very fast. We will have a setup
period starting at 7:30pm.

This class does go in a series, but the series can last up to half a year.
Don't let it discourage you if you're starting from the middle - attend
recaps and labs and you should be able to catch up!

This class and the space in which it's taught are entirely free to attend.
Please bring a laptop. Read all of the details here:
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