Aspire Journeys

Web Programmer to Apprentice Programmer

  • 46 Courses | 58h 27m 59s
  • 4 Labs
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Explore Web programming languages and frameworks, such as JavaScript, React, and Django as you prepare to become an Apprentice Programmer.

Track 1: Web Programmer

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Web Programmer to Apprentice Programmer Journey, the focus will be on JavaScript.

  • 10 Courses | 11h 16m 43s
  • 1 Lab

Track 2: Web Apps Developer

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Web Programmer to Apprentice Programmer Journey, the focus will be on building applications using React.

  • 8 Courses | 11h 13m 7s
  • 1 Lab

Track 3: Novice Programmer

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Web Programmer to Apprentice Programmer Journey, the focus will be on SQL programming and building Web apps using Django.

  • 15 Courses | 17h 18m 29s
  • 1 Lab

Track 4: Apprentice Programmer

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Web Programmer to Apprentice Programmer Journey, the focus will be on design patterns for JavaScript.

  • 13 Courses | 18h 39m 40s
  • 1 Lab


JavaScript: Introduction
Explore basic Javascript, one of the most widely used programming languages in the domain of web development, including concepts involved in the programming language, the features which distinguish it from other languages, and its applications. Key concepts covered in this 10-video course include the role of Javascript within a larger web application involving HTML and CSS; learning how browsers render web pages as a structured document object model (DOM); and the high-level properties of the Javascript programming language. Begin by examining properties and features around arrays and functions in Javascript; learning what an object is in Javascript and how it is represented; and learning some of the quirks of the Javascript language, and what distinguishes it from most other high-level languages. Next, learn what closures are in Javascript and what is included within this construct; and learn how common attributes of a set of objects can be defined within a prototype for those objects.
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JavaScript: Getting Started with JavaScript Programming
Learners can familiarize themselves with how to use Javascript in conjunction with HTML pages in this 10-video course. Explore different types of variable declarations in the language and ways in which Javascript web apps can relay info to and receive info from end-users. Key concepts covered in this course include learning how to create a simple Javascript app that writes a message to an HTML page; learning how Javascript can be used to communicate with end-users via the HTML page, alerts, and log messages; and learning how to link a HTML page with a separately defined Javascript source file. First, observe how to edit sections of a HTML page by using Javascript and initialize number and string variables; examine the changes in behavior of a Javascript app when Strict mode is enabled; and learn how to distinguish between the var, let, and const keywords when declaring variables. Finally, learn how to differentiate variables that are undefined from those whose values are null; and how to use the alert, prompt, and confirm functions to relay information to and receive input from end-users.
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JavaScript: Types, Operators, & Control Structures in JavaScript
Explore features of primitive data types in Javascript such as numbers, strings, and booleans. Examine the methods, operators, and control structures available to work with them in this 11-video course. Key concepts covered here include multiple ways to declare and manipulate numerical data in Javascript; learning how to initialize and manipulate Javascript strings using different techniques; and learning how to use in-built string operations to analyze and modify string types. Begin by learning how to create and manage date types in Javascript, which allows you to work with dates in various forms and initialize date variables and manipulate them. Then learn how to use constants, methods, and random number generators available in the Javascript Math library; learn to apply basic operators on numbers and strings; and observe how to perform logical tests by using if statements and conditional operators. Finally, learn how to convert data from one primitive type to another; and learn how to create while, do-while, and for loops in Javascript.
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JavaScript: Functions & Arrays in JavaScript
Learners will discover ways to define and use functions in Javascript, where functions are considered first-class members, in this 14-video course. Explore features of arrays in Javascript, as well as their role in functions. Key concepts covered here include the basic functions and how to invoke them in Javascript; recognizing how var, let, and const keywords affect accessibility of variables in Javascript functions; and how to distinguish between var and let keywords when it comes to scope of variables. Learn to define functions by using concise syntax in ES6 specifications for Javascript; learn to manage errors in an application, whether raised by Javascript or by your own logic using try, catch, and finally blocks; and learn how to create arrays and access and iterate over their elements. Next, learn to use rest parameter syntax to create functions; use the spread operator to expand the contents of arrays; and break down and access components of arrays with array destructuring. Finally, learn how to generate deep and shallow copies of arrays and add and remove array elements.
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JavaScript: Objects
Javascript is an object-oriented language, making objects a crucial topic for any Javascript course. In this 14-video course, learners explore object definitions to object methods and constructors while learning what a "class" is in Javascript. Key concepts covered here include how to create objects containing different types of data and functions and access their properties; and how to initialize empty objects and add/remove properties to/from them. Begin by learning the role of keyword "this" within the scope of Javascript objects; how to use the call method to link a Javascript object; and how to implement an object constructor and use it to instantiate new objects. Next, observe how to use assignment operators and Object.assign method to create new objects; how to use spread syntax and the JSON; and how to prevent changes from being made to an object by freezing it. Finally, learners see how to perform aggregate and filter operations on contents of an array with reduce and filter methods; and check the type of an object by using the instanceof operator.
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JavaScript: Advanced Function Operations
Functions are first-class members of the Javascript language and this means that they can be used in ways which are not possible in other programming languages. In this 8-video course, learners explore the use of functions as arguments to other functions, as return values of functions, and also how functions can be linked with specific objects when invoked. Key concepts covered in this course include how to assign a function to a variable and pass a function as an argument to another function; how to define and invoke a function which returns a nested function; and learning what data types in Javascript are passed by value and what types are passed by reference. Learn how to create a function from a string using the new keyword; how to use function callbacks to ensure the sequential execution of functions; and how to use the call, apply, and bind methods in order to link a function call to a specific object.
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JavaScript: Closures & Prototypes
This 14-video course covers closures—the bundle of a function along with its enclosing environment—and its implications on factors such as variable scopes and function references. Key concepts covered here include what makes up a closure in Javascript; learning how variables of the same name inside closures and in scopes outside them are accessed by functions; and distinguishing between variables of the same name inside functions, within closures, and ones defined in a global scope. Begin by observing how to implement counter functions with closures; how to integrate closures with buttons on web pages; and how closures can be created within objects and implications on your code. Next, learn how closures created within loops interact with variables defined within and outside the loop; how to implement getter and setter functions for Javascript objects using closures; and learn when to use prototypes for objects and how to define them. Finally, observe how to distinguish between object prototypes and classes; learn to use prototypes to implement inheritance; and implement multiple levels of inheritance with prototypes.