Expert-led Web Development Training Courses

appendTo specializes in delivering expert-led web development training courses focused on helping software development and design teams learn new technologies.

Every training course we deliver is customized to you and your team, the type of software you’re building, in the web development tools you’re using, on the development environment you use on the job.

With our developer-first model, you can say ‘bye bye’ to Powerpoint presentations. In our courses, you’ll spend nearly 65% of your time writing code, building up a functional code-base in the technology you’re learning.

Check out our current offerings. If you don’t see something you’re looking for, contact us and we’ll build you a custom web development course.

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Web development is an incredibly exciting and fast changing field. The core challenge or problem of modern web development is “How do we build an interactive user interface in the browser?” And how can we do this is a scalable, maintainable, and developer-friendly way? The libraries, languages, and frameworks have evolved or been thrown out entirely, but that fundamental challenge remains. That is what all these tools take on.

Front-end web development (also called client-side development) is the development of the user interface and components that users will interact with directly.  The colors, buttons, and layout of a page or mobile app are primarily made by front-end developers. The front-end developer’s core toolkit is some version of HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript.  HTML gives a webpage its structure and determines the location and order of text, images, and other elements. CSS gives a web page its appearance or styling. CSS controls things like color, font-size, width/height, and margins/padding. JavaScript is used to make web pages interactive. Things like forms, animations, and anything to do with data is handled by JavaScript embedded in a webpage. This includes things like creating accounts and signing in, saving preferences, or posting messages. These are the items that every web browser works with and understands. It all started with those core 3 languages that have since been built upon with a slew of libraries and frameworks. Our web development training courses covers all of the core technologies in addition to the latest web development libraries and frameworks.

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Libraries and frameworks are where web development gets especially interesting. They are where innovation happens the fastest. Here is a quick primer on common web development libraries and frameworks in use.

jQuery

jQuery is the most popular JavaScript library. jQuery is really good at handling “events” on a webpage like when someone clicks or moves their mouse. jQuery is also good at finding a small part of a webpage and making very specific changes to that part. Anything that jQuery can do can be done in JavaScript, but it’s generally a bit harder. jQuery simplifies common JavaScript tasks.

AngularJS

Angular is a JavaScript framework that will handle common web development tasks like routing, http request, promises, testing, events, and animations.

Angular 2 is the newest version of the extraordinarily popular Angular framework. Google’s Angular team caused a great deal of controversy when they released Angular 2. It is considerably different from Angular 1 and Google provided no clear migration path. Companies who had built significant portions of their product using Angular 1 required near complete rewrites of their product for Angular 2. Frustration aside, Angular 2 fixed many issues that made Angular 1 slow or confusing. As a result, Angular 2 is a complete production-ready framework, and we firmly believe Angular 2 adoption will grow steadily.

Angular has been the most popular JavaScript framework over the last couple of years, but it’s dominance has been eroded by the ReactJS ecosystem.

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ReactJS

React is a JavaScript library focused on building what people see and interact with in a web or mobile application (aka ‘the view’). React was created by Facebook and is used to create Facebook messenger and Instagram. React exists because building data-driven applications is hard business. When billions of users are clicking on billions of ‘like’ buttons, this is hard to keep organized and up to date.  React simplifies things like this for developers. React popularized new front-end paradigms such as the virtual DOM and component-based development.

React is a JavaScript library built by Facebook for rendering user interfaces. React grew out of Facebook’s struggles to make Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger work for over a billion users, and it React allows developers to build complex data-driven user interfaces that are fast and easy to maintain and understand. This reactive component-driven application development is likely the future of web and mobile development.

Many of the newer libraries such as React only use the newest version of JavaScript, ES6. Browsers don’t support ES6 natively yet but transpilers like Babel are currently the go-to method for using ES6. Most new application development from 2016 onward will be built using ES6. We recommend companies provide ES6 training for all of their front-end developers.
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