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Prototype and Essential Training

with Joe Marini

Video: Welcome

Concepts and techniques for using Prototype and for building cross-browser, interactive, visually appealing web sites.
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  1. 2m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
  2. 18m 4s
    1. Introducing Prototype
      4m 59s
    2. Downloading and installing Prototype
      4m 53s
    3. Writing a Prototype-enabled page
      5m 44s
    4. Exploring Prototype's features
      2m 28s
  3. 38m 9s
    1. Overview of Prototype content functions
      4m 42s
    2. Looking up elements with $()
      5m 14s
    3. Using the $$() selector function
      12m 32s
    4. Retrieving form element values with $F()
      8m 38s
    5. Getting practical: Annotating page links
      7m 3s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Introducing the extensions
      2m 41s
    2. Using objects
      10m 54s
    3. Using strings
      15m 32s
    4. Using numbers
      7m 17s
    5. Using arrays
      7m 19s
    6. Using Prototype templates
      8m 9s
    7. Performing periodic tasks with PeriodicalExecuter
      7m 41s
    8. Using JSON support
      6m 51s
  5. 48m 2s
    1. Understanding the collection features
      2m 55s
    2. Working with the Enumerable class
      24m 51s
    3. Creating arrays with $A()
      3m 58s
    4. Handling ranges with $R()
      2m 46s
    5. Making Hash objects with $H()
      13m 32s
  6. 1h 2m
    1. Understanding Prototype's element class
      9m 0s
    2. Manipulating content
      6m 21s
    3. Traversing the DOM
      14m 24s
    4. Changing CSS and element visibility
      5m 53s
    5. Setting element positioning
      12m 38s
    6. Using other DOM element functions
      2m 32s
    7. Getting practical: The automatic table of contents generator
      11m 26s
  7. 41m 2s
    1. Understanding the Prototype event class
      5m 6s
    2. Observing events
      11m 45s
    3. Getting information about events
      8m 28s
    4. Creating custom events
      8m 43s
    5. Getting practical: Table striping and highlighting
      7m 0s
  8. 25m 59s
    1. Creating and handling AJAX requests
      12m 25s
    2. Using the Ajax.Updater
      8m 40s
    3. Handling periodic updates
      4m 54s
  9. 25m 36s
    1. Introducing
      4m 37s
    2. Using visual effects
      7m 7s
    3. Using drag and drop
      4m 47s
    4. Using autocomplete
      5m 23s
    5. Using sliders
      3m 42s
  10. 54m 10s
    1. Getting started
      4m 50s
    2. Displaying information dynamically
      14m 32s
    3. Filtering data
      19m 32s
    4. Building an image rotator
      15m 16s
  11. 19s
    1. Goodbye

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Prototype and Essential Training
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In Prototype and Essential Training, Joe Marini introduces the concepts and techniques for using Prototype and, two of the most popular open-source JavaScript libraries for building cross-browser, highly interactive, and visually appealing web sites. This course also covers installing each of the libraries and explaining their unique purposes, using simple CSS3 expressions to manipulate web content, working with events in a cross-browser way, and enhancing a real-world web site example to show different ways that the libraries can be used. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Retrieving and manipulating web page elements
  • Extending JavaScript objects, strings, numbers and more
  • Handling web page events and creating custom events
  • Traversing the DOM
  • Creating and handling AJAX requests
  • Using controls such as Autocompleters, Sliders, and Visual Effects
  • Building complex page features like data filtering and image rotators
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Hi, I am Joe Marini and I want to welcome you to Prototype and Essential Training. In this course, I will show you how to use Prototype and, two free JavaScript libraries to create modern, cross-browser and highly interactive web tool applications, while dramatically reducing the amount of code that you need to write. In this course, we will see how Prototype makes it easy to work with web page content using simple CSS3 expressions. We will explore how these libraries extend and enhance the JavaScript features that you are already familiar with. We will look how Prototype simplifies working with events in a cross browser compatible fashion and we will see how Prototype can provide advanced interface features to users of your web sites without requiring plug-ins.

In this course, I am going to assume that you are already familiar with JavaScript development, because Prototype is based on JavaScript. So if you are new to JavaScript programming, you might want to watch the JavaScript Essential Training course here on first. Prototype and provide web developers with powerful tools that help you meet the challenge of producing web sites that measure up to the demanding expectations of today's web users. So if you are ready to take your web sites to the next level of interactivity and your JavaScript coding to the next level of productivity, then let's get started using Prototype and

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