Working with Javascript: Building Responsive Library Apps

Date(s) - 09/11/2014
All Day



Whether you’re seeking to create a snappy dynamic interface, or to satisfy users in search of the latest and greatest animated effect, JavaScript, Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML), and the multitude of ready-made libraries and plug-ins have become the preferred tools of choice for web developers. In this workshop, we’ll look at some common interface problems and examine how to structure your HTML and CSS to implement JavaScript into your applications as a solution. We’ll also take a closer look at the concepts behind the Ajax method, provide examples of library applications of Ajax, and work through the code that makes it all happen.

Walk away with an understanding of the role that JavaScript and Ajax play in today’s web apps, working examples of JavaScript in action, and the confidence to start creating your own responsive library apps.

Originally broadcast July 31, 2013.

About the Instructor:
Jason A. Clark is Head of Digital Access and Web Services at Montana State University Libraries where he builds digital library applications and sets digital content strategies. He writes and presents on a broad range of topics including mobile design & development, web services & mashups, metadata & digitization, Javascript, interface design, and application development. Before coming to MSU in 2005, Jason became interested in the intersection between libraries and technology while working as a web developer for the Division of Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin. After two years, he moved on to the web services department at Williams College Libraries.When he doesn’t have metadata on the brain, Jason likes to hike the mountains of Montana with his wife, Jennifer, their daughter, Piper, and their dog, Oakley. You can find Jason online by following him on twitter at twitter.com/jaclark, catching up with him on Facebook at facebook.com/jasclark, or checking out his occasional thoughts and code samples on his site at www.jasonclark.info.