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JavaScript, jQuery & APIs

The web is an interactive medium! Learn how to design engaging user experiences and then translate those dreams into motion using JavaScript, jQuery and social media APIs. JavaScript is fast becoming THE language of the mobile web, and jQuery is the #8 fastest growing job keyword!

You'll Learn:
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • APIs

What Exactly is JavaScript & jQuery?

Tired of hearing these words and not fully comprehending? Here's a breakdown of what you'll understand to do by the end of class.


JavaScript, not to be confused with Java, is what makes the Web interactive. Ever play a game on the Web? Ever take an online quiz or click on a drop-down? All of these things require JavaScript to function!


jQuery actually uses JavaScript to make interactive features even quicker. Ever see an animation on the Web? Ever try to buy a plane ticket or book a hotel online? These things are made possible with the help of jQuery – think of it as JavaScript shorthand.

Taking that first step and learning with Skillcrush was life-changing. Not only did it make coding accessible and fun, but I also felt that I was part of a community that genuinely wanted me to succeed. I am so much happier than I ever was as an admin!

- Paola Maldonado

What You'll Learn In This Class:


Week 1: Get To Understand JavaScript

In your first week of class, we’ll introduce you to the basics of the interactive web, starting with JavaScript. It may sound intimidating, but trust us, it’s not as hard as it may sound! You don’t need to know anything about web, we’ll teach you everything you need to get started and building something really neat.


Week 2: Quicken Things Up With jQuery

By your second week, you’ll already have enough knowledge of JavaScript that we’ll get you learning it’s quicker sister language, JQuery. You’ll learn how to make an interactive game, along with learning Events, Plugins and more. Don’t believe us? We’ve had hundreds of people just like you do it!


Week 3: Access External Sites With APIs

By your third week, you’ll have a really strong knowledge of both JavaScript and JQuery and you’ll begin learning how to use APIs. Ever see a blog with someone’s Twitter feed or someone using Facebook Comments? You’ll learn how to access outside sites to integrate into your website! Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through every step of the way.

Meet Your Mentors

Adda Birnir

Adda is not only the CEO and founder of Skillcrush, but also an instructor. With her self-taught tech skills, she’s worked on building sites for the New York Times, ProPublica and MTV. When Adda isn’t developing or teaching on Skillcrush, she enjoys watching Hall & Oates videos on YouTube.

Emily Davis

Emily is a patient instructor who has 10 years of experience as a developer, specializing in PHP and JavaScript. She previously worked at the Broad Institute, a genome research foundation run out of MIT and Harvard. Emily is currently the lead developer, as well as an instructor, at Skillcrush and in her spare time loves to listen to music and craft adorable stuffed critters.

What do You Have to Lose? Join Us.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

I work full time, can I fit this class into my busy schedule?

Absolutely! We recommend setting aside about an hour a day to engage with the course materials and your classmates and instructors, but you can shift this around depending on your weekly schedule. Many of our students find they can’t devote an hour a day but can do larger chunks of time over the weekend – this is totally fine! Our material is always available for you when you need it.

I’m behind in the class…will the material still be accessible to me?

Yes absolutely! We won’t revoke your permissions on skillcrush.com – you’ll have access well beyond the class to learn if you are behind or to revisit for review down the road.


I am looking to transition into a more technical role at work. Will this blueprint help me?

Yes! HTML & CSS are the building blocks of the web upon which you will be able to launch your technical career. More importantly, user experience, web design, and javascript are on the list of the most in-demand skills that employers are hiring for right now. There are many places to start, but learning the basics of front-end web development, as this blueprint teaches, and building a project from scratch touches a wide variety of the most common web technologies and terms. You’ll leave with a solid understanding from which to continue on your professional tech transition.

What previous knowledge to I need to have to take this class?

None! As long as you are familiar with your computer and how to use it and are comfortable on the web, we’ll teach you the rest.


What are the system requirements for this class?

Nothing fancy! You just need a computer with access to the web of course. Your system should be able to stream Youtube or Vimeo and download and upload class materials. We do recommend Macs for the class and for your future web development projects as they tend to be the industry standard.

Do you provide any printable materials I can access?

Yes indeed! We have several very popular cheatsheets that we tell our students to print and carry with them or tape up around the house. You’d be surprised how much you can actually learn in minutes!


How do I know if this class is for me?

This class is for you if:

  • You want to get started in tech, but don’t know how to begin.
  • You are itching to code.
  • You have dabbled in HTML & CSS, but need to learn the fundamentals.
  • You have been meaning to make your own website FOREVER.
  • You like learning to be fun & collaborative.

This class is NOT for you if:

  • You have already designed & coded your own websites from scratch.
  • You are looking to learn advanced topics such as back-end programming.
  • You want to make mobile apps.
  • You think learning has to be serious.
  • You don’t like fun or collaboration.

When does the class meet?

The class does not meet during fixed times. We send you an email every morning around 7am with what you’ll need to do for that day. After that, you can pick whatever time works for you! We do host a weekly block of office hours – you can sign up for one 20 minute slot to discuss your project or issues with your instructors. The office hours are the only scheduled time you would need to adhere to and we offer times that work around the schedules of our students.

How does the class group/forum work?

We are using a new service called Mightybell for our class groups and forum. It’s free to use. We’ll send you an invitation for your class and get you all set up! Students can chat and message each other, post documents and other materials & help answer each others’ questions! We want you to leave our class with access to a community of peers that you can turn to well after your session has ended.


Is Skillcrush only for women? I’m a guy and want to learn.

We can’t wait for you to join! We welcome men as well! In fact, about 25% of our students tend to be men. Skillcrush is a supportive community of folks from all industries, countries and yes… genders :). We can’t wait to see you in our next class. Bring a friend!

How do office hours work?

We conduct one-on-one 15 minute office hour slots using Google Hangout. Google Hangout is easy to use but we recommend you try it once before so that you can work out any issues you encounter. We release the office hours schedule prior to each week and then you can go in and sign up for your 15 minute slot. That’s it! Then we meet during our scheduled time and work on whatever you’d like.

We have typically found that the majority of our students can make early evening office hours later in the week, so that is when we tend to offer them. If you absolutely cannot make that time, we would be happy to work with you to find another time slot.


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