JavaScript Fundamentals for GIS Web and Mobile Application Development – USGS Austin

[dt_sc_h3]Introduction[/dt_sc_h3]

This introductory class will teach you the fundamentals of using JavaScript to build web and mobile applications.

We’ll start with an introduction to the JavaScript programming language including creating and assigning data to variables, creating functions, controlling the flow of code through decision support and looping structures, using arrays and objects, and responding to events.

Module 2 will cover the topic of AJAX and JSON. AJAX is a technique for creating fast and dynamic web pages. AJAX allows web pages to be updated asynchronously by exchanging small amounts of data with the server behind the scenes. This means that it is possible to update parts of a web page, without reloading the whole page. JSON is is a text-based open standard designed for human-readable data interchange. It is derived from the JavaScript scripting language for representing simple data structures and associative arrays, called objects.

Module 3 will introduce you to the jQuery JavaScript framework. jQuery is a fast, small, and feature-rich JavaScript library. It makes things like HTML document traversal and manipulation, event handling, animation, and Ajax much simpler with an easy-to-use API that works across a multitude of browsers. With a combination of versatility and extensibility, jQuery has changed the way that millions of people write JavaScript.

In Module 4 you’ll build on what you learned about jQuery and extend that to the mobile environment with jQuery Mobile. You’ll learn how to build mobile application interfaces and use JavaScript to interact with the user.

Client-side APIs are covered in Module 5. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are JavaScript libraries that run in the browser and provide functionality and data to the application. Charts, maps, census data, photos, search results, and much more can all be integrated into your applications through the use of APIs.

Finally, in Module 6 we’ll take a look at various GIS related JavaScript APIs that you can use in your applications. ArcGIS Server, OpenLayers, CartoDB, Leaflet, Census Bureau, Flickr, Zillow and more.

[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small] [dt_sc_h3]Course Modules[/dt_sc_h3]
  • Introduction to JavaScript
  • JSON and AJAX
  • Introduction to JavaScript Frameworks with jQuery
  • Mobile JavaScript Development with jQuery Mobile
  • Using Client Side APIs
  • Survey of GIS Related JavaScript APIs
[dt_sc_h3]16 GISP Credit Hours[/dt_sc_h3] [dt_sc_h3]Course Formats and Pricing[/dt_sc_h3]
[dt_sc_h4]Upcoming Sessions[/dt_sc_h4]
Austin - USGS Employees Only

Class will be held each day from 8:30 – 4:00 at the location provided above.

Aleeta Zeller
Aleeta ZellerChattanooga RPA
Class was well organized, well paced and I learned a lot
Brandon Clark
Brandon ClarkAlabama Power
Knowledgeable instructor, well paced class, applicable information covered, hands-on style
Michael Philp
Michael PhilpCity of Springville, UT
"Really good course material. Very relevant subject matter." --Michael Philp (City of Springville, UT)
Matt Gubitosa
Matt GubitosaU.S. EPA
"I strongly and highly recommend it" -- Matt Gubitosa, U.S. EPA
Chris Pollard
Chris PollardDelaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
"Very informative and knowledgeable course. It help determine which direction I should take my further GIS and web programming skills." -- Chris Pollard (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission)
Chris Hickin
Chris HickinNYC Fire Dept
"These courses are great. I am so pressed for time this is the only way I can acquire extra skills these days. Thank you Eric for all your hard work!" -- Chris Hickin (NYC Fire Dept.)
Jason Warzinik
Jason WarzinikBoone County, MO
"I have attended a number of instructor lead  training courses offered by ESRI, which are great in their own right, but the Mastering the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API course gets much more in-depth than they often do.  I really liked the recommended reading, they helped expand the terms being covered in lecture to concrete examples that could be related back to my work more directly instead of just having the lecture and exercises alone.  I learned a lot andwill recommend this and other GeoSpatial Training courses to the GIS'ers I know. Thanks for putting this course together and offering it ...
Kyle Lockhart
Kyle LockhartEscambia County, FL
"I thought the course was very organized. The style of presentation and the lesson format worked well together. It made the informationeasy to understand."  -- Kyle Lockhart (Escambia County, FL)
Pal Herman Sund
Pal Herman Sund
"I really enjoyed the Python/ArcGIS course. For me the right balance between detail and overview. Good work!" - Pal Herman Sund
Joseph Monti
Joseph Monti
Definitely got me "over the hump" of being able to grasp Python.

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