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  • Web Design Training

    InterSource offers live instructor-led courses on all important web design technologies, including Ajax, CSS, Dreamweaver, Expression, Google, HTML, JavaScript, and Web Accessibility.

    These live classes are offered both on client sites, at our Geneva training center, and via a Web interface.

  • About Web Design

    Web design is the skill of creating presentations of content (usually hypertext or hypermedia) that is delivered to an end-user through the World Wide Web, by way of a Web browser or other Web-enabled software like Internet television clients, microblogging clients and RSS readers.

    The intent of web design is to create a web site-a collection of electronic files that reside on a web server/servers and present content and interactive features/interfaces to the end user in form of Web pages once requested. Such elements as text, bit-mapped images (GIFs, JPEGs) and forms can be placed on the page using HTML/XHTML/XML tags. Displaying more complex media (vector graphics, animations, videos, sounds) requires plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, QuickTime, Java run-time environment, etc. Plug-ins are also embedded into web page by using HTML/XHTML tags.

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  • Course Details Web Design

    Classes are offered at client sites, at our Geneva training center, and via a live web conference. For detailed course outlines and scheduled classes, please see below.

    To book training, navigate to the course you need, then:

    • For scheduled online classes, register from the choices indicated.
    • If you need an alternative date, time or location, or if you want a live classroom course, click on “request an offer for this course,” to complete the form.

Ajax Training

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Course duration

  • 3 Days

Course Outline

This is a server-side agnostic Ajax training class. Examples in the provided course manual are in JSP, and there are equivalent examples in the class files in PHP, ColdFusion, and Classic ASP. The focus is on the client-side aspects of Ajax (i.e., JavaScript), so, while it's helpful to understand the server side, it's not required or assumed.

Students learn to make calls to the server with JavaScript and to manipulate XML content returned from the server. Ajax opens the door to creating sophisticated web-based applications with much more of the logic (and therefore code) handled on the client. While Ajax allows for more dynamic and responsive applications, it changes the traditional role of JavaScript dramatically and forces developers to rethink how they write and manage JavaScript code. After taking this Ajax training course, students will be able to create sophisticated Ajax-based applications in an efficient and modular way.

For private groups new to CSS, XML, XSLT and/or JavaScript, this Ajax training course can be customized to include accelerated introductions to those technologies.

This Ajax course has been updated for HTML5.

  • Learn how Ajax and the XMLHttpRequest object work.
  • Learn to write cross-browser Ajax code.
  • Learn to use Ajax to make a call to the server without a page refresh.
  • Learn to modify content blocks on a page without refreshing the whole page.
  • Learn to use server-side form validation with Ajax.
  • Learn to pull down content from the server to dynamically display more content.
  • Learn to manipulate XML documents with JavaScript using the DOM.
  • Learn to manipulate XML documents with JavaScript using XSLT.
  • Learn to work with various JavaScript/Ajax libraries, such as Prototype, Dojo, and Scriptaculous.
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • CSS
  • XSLT
  • JSP
  1. Ajax Basics
    1. The Purpose of Ajax
      1. Traditional Web Application
      2. An Ajax Web Application
    2. The XMLHttpRequest Object
      1. Using an XMLHttpRequest Object
      2. Handling the Response
    3. The Callback Function
  2. Passing Data
    1. XML
      1. Creating an addChild() Function
    2. Dynamic Tables
    3. JSON
    4. Review of Object Literals
      1. Arrays
      2. Objects
      3. Arrays in Objects
      4. Objects in Arrays
    5. Back to JSON
      1. JSON Syntax
      2. JSON Parsers
    6. JSON Advantages and Disadvantages
  3. Ajax Applications
    1. Login Form
    2. Quick Lookup Form
    3. Preloaded Data
      1. Ajax Slideshow
      2. Navigable Tables
  4. XSLT Transformations with JavaScript
    1. XSLT
      1. Basic XSLT
    2. XSLT in the Browser
      1. The Mozilla Method
      2. The IE Method
    3. Advantages and Disadvantages of XSLT in Ajax Applications
  5. Ajax/JavaScript Frameworks
    1. The Purpose of Frameworks
      1. Choosing a Framework
    2. Dojo
      1. Downloading Dojo
      2. Using Dojo for Ajax
    3. Prototype
      1. Downloading Prototype
      2. Using Prototype for Ajax
    4. Other Popular Frameworks
      1. Other Frameworks
  6. More Ajax Applications
    1. Inline Editing
      1. The contenteditable Attribute
    2. Detailed Information on Demand
    3. Autologout
    4. Autocompletion

InterSource Geneva, a premier Information Technology training firm, offers over 400 different courses on server, database and programming technologies, as well as end-user classes for the most popular office, graphics and design applications. We serve clients in Switzerland (Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Zurich) and throughout Europe (France, Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden, England, Netherlands, Spain, etc.).

InterSource offers custom, private courses at client sites, standard public courses in our Geneva classroom, and online training via live Web conference. Training is offered in English and many other languages (Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano.)

For an overall view of our offerings, please visit us at www.intersource.ch.