1st Edition

Start Programming Using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

By Iztok Fajfar Copyright 2016
    468 Pages 85 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    468 Pages
    by Chapman & Hall

    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.

    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.


    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.