Web Tooling & Automation - Google



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In this course, you’ll learn how to setup your development environment and save a lot of time and effort with automatic optimization.

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Javascript training
IT Development

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Approx. 3 weeks

Assumes 6hrs/wk (work at your own pace)

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In this course, you’ll learn how to setup your development, get super productive during daily work and iteration, prevent yourself and your site from disasters and save a lot of time and effort with automatic optimization and automation. Finally, you’ll learn how to do all this while being confident your code runs on a multitude of devices in the real world.

Why Take This Course?

Front-end developers need to work quickly and efficiently to be productive. Having a good set of tools and libraries is crucial. This course will introduce you to a opinionated set of tools and libraries to improve your workflow.

Prerequisites and Requirements

We expect that you have basic experience with JavaScript and a text editor, like Sublime Text or Atom.

If you need more experience with JavaScript, check out our JavaScript Basics course.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

What Will I Learn? Projects Project 1: Meet-Up Event Planner You will build a responsive web application that allows the user to establish a meet-up event. The goal is to create an app that is a joy to use on both desktop and mobile. The application must allow someone to name their event, search for a host location (using a location API like Foursquare), set the capacity of the event, the start and end times, and input a description of the event. Syllabus Introduction

Learn how to protect yourself from micro and over-optimization.

  • Being pragmatic vs. idealistic when choosing tools
  • Identify the real value of the tool (is it well maintained? Does it have a large community? Is it documented?)
  • Keep things modular and replaceable
  • Staying away from micro-optimizations
Lesson 1: Productive Editing

Learn how to setup the very core of your development environment, namely your editor.

  • From Notepad to IDE
  • Set up your editor
  • Install Sublime Text
  • Install Plugins
Lesson 2: Powerful Builds

Learn about build tools and why you should use them.

  • Overview of build tools
  • Getting started with Gulp
  • Install gulp plugins
  • Create gulp tasks
Lesson 3: Expressive Live Editing

Learn how to reduce context switch with live editing.

  • Why live edit?
  • Approaches for live editing
  • Browser Sync
Lesson 4: How to Prevent Disasters

Learn how to use tools to automate a few alarms and safety nets that will make our lives much easier.

  • Why rely on tools to prevent bad things from happening?
  • Linting
  • ESLint
  • Unit Testing in Gulp
Lesson 5: Awesome Optimizations

Learn how to polish your project for production

  • CSS Concatenation
  • JS Concatenation and Minification
  • Writing Future Proof Code
  • Sourcemaps
  • Optmization