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Start Programming Using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

1st Edition

By Iztok Fajfar

Chapman and Hall/CRC

450 pages | 85 B/W Illus.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Computer Programming

Start Programming Using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is a manual for undergraduate students in engineering and the natural sciences to discover how computer programming works. Using a dialog format between two students and a professor, the text teaches students how the mainstream web languages HTML, CSS, and JavaScript interact and how to harness their capabilities in practical settings.

Each chapter focuses on a specific theme supported by a gradual development of engaging worked examples of live web documents and applications using the three languages. Students can follow most of the examples and experiments using any modern browser and plain text editor. A practical homework problem is included at the end of every chapter and then is discussed at the beginning of the next chapter. In addition, a related keywords list helps students review key topics.

By focusing on important established principles and concrete examples, this introductory book shows students how to write cleaner and more easily maintainable code. It augments the basic language syntax and rules with contents and structure while keeping the material simple and manageable.

Table of Contents

Content and Structure


Introducing HTML

The Tools

Minimal HTML Document

Formatting a Page

Building a Sound Structure

Homework Discussion

Lists and Tables

Generic <div> and <span> Elements

Sectioning Elements


Character Entities


Homework Discussion

Setting up a Web Server

Introducing CSS

CSS Values

CSS Properties

CSS Pixel Unit

More Control over Style

Homework Discussion

Class Selectors

ID Selectors

Grouping Selectors

Nesting Selectors

The HTML Ancestry Tree


Determining Style Specificity

Relative Sizes

Understanding CSS Boxes

Homework Discussion

CSS Box Model

Element Display

Positioning and Element Flow

Containing Block

Hiding Elements

Floated Elements

Special Selectors


Homework Discussion

Server Side Includes

Introducing JavaScript

Values and Types

Operators and Expressions

Controlling Program Flow

Homework Discussion


Design a Simple Program

Type Conversions

Introducing Objects

Homework Discussion

switch Conditional

Math Object

do/while Loop

Date Object

Understanding Arrays and Strings

Homework Discussion

Array Object

for Loop

Array Methods

String Object

Understanding Functions

Homework Discussion

Writing Function Definitions

References to Function Objects

Variable Scope

Passing Function Arguments by Reference

The Scope Chain and Closures

Building Your Own Objects

Homework Discussion

JavaScript Objects Revisited


Constructor Overloading

Factory Methods

The prototype Object

More on Setting and Querying Object Properties

Sudoku Puzzle Helper

Using JavaScript to Control the Browser

Homework Discussion

Deeper into the Browser


Scripting Documents

Timer Events

Scripting Styles

Introducing Forms

User Interface

Homework Discussion

Using Family Relations to Manipulate Elements

Completing Math Worksheet Generator

Completing Sudoku Puzzle Helper

Appendix A: Solution to the Last Homework: Sudoku Generator

Appendix B: Ways to Continue

Appendix C: HTML Mini Reference

Appendix D: CSS Mini Reference

Appendix E: JavaScript Mini Reference


A homework problem appears at the end of each chapter.

About the Author

Iztok Fajfar is an associate professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. A programmer and writer, he teaches computer programming at all levels, from assembly to object-oriented. His research topics include evolutionary algorithms, particularly genetic programming. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana.

About the Series

Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Programming / Games
COMPUTERS / Programming Languages / General
COMPUTERS / Internet / General