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New JavaScript Chapters

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One of the biggest changes in the second edition of the textbook will be the significantly expanded coverage of JavaScript. The first edition (which we wrote in 2013) had one chapter on JavaScript and another chapter on jQuery. In the new edition, there will at least three chapters (and most likely four) on JavaScript. We have recently completed the first draft of two of these new chapters. You can find an outline of the chapter topics below.

Chapter 8 – JavaScript Language Fundamentals

  1. What is JavaScript and what can it do
  2. Where does JavaScript go?
  3. Variables and Data Types
  4. JavaScript Output
  5. Conditions
  6. Loops
  7. Arrays
  8. Objects
  9. Functions
  10. Object Prototypes

This is a lot of content for one chapter. Indeed, in comparison to drafts of other chapters in the (first edition) book, this is the longest of them all. It is currently over 70 pages!

Chapter 9 – Using Javascript

  1. The Document Object Model
  2. Modifying the DOM
  3. Events
  4. Event Types
  5. Forms

Below, you find a few preview images from Chapter 8.

Updated USA University Adoptions

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Today we received an updated list of confirmed universities with courses using our book as a required text. As before, the list does not cover non-American universities, nor is it an exhaustive list. We were thrilled to discover continued strong growth. Last year at this time, the number of universities was 48, and this year the book has been adopted now at 90 universities in just the United States. An international version of the book is available outside the USA, but the publisher doesn’t know which universities outside the USA have adopted it.

Exam Bank In Progress

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Now that the fall semester is almost here, we did want to announce that we have spent some time this past summer constructing an exam bank for the textbook. The bank will consist of a (very) long Microsoft Word document. Each chapter contains a number of multiple choice and short answer questions. This will be a living document that will grow over time and will be available to instructors via the Pearson Ed web portal for instructors who are using the book in the course.

Right now the Word document is over 80 pages, with 30-50 multiple choice questions for each chapter. We hope to make a preliminary version (that covers the first dozen or so chapters) of the exam bank available on the Pearson site within a few weeks.

Updated USA Adoptions

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We’re always interested to see which colleges and universities have adopted our book so far. Our publisher provides us with an updated list as of March 24, 2015. Unfortunately it does not cover non-American universities, nor is it even an exhaustive list. Nonetheless, it is exciting to see some new universities added to our list and to see that the book has been adopted at, at least, 48 universities in just the United States.

# School Name State
1 BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY MN
2 BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIV OH
3 CAL STATE U – LOS ANGELES CA
4 CANISIUS COLLEGE NY
5 CARROLL UNIVERSITY WI
6 CASCADIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE WA
7 CMTY COLL OF R I-LINCOLN RI
8 CMTY COLL OF R I-WARWICK RI
9 CMTY COLL OF RHODE ISLAND RI
10 COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY SC
11 COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO CA
12 COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY GA
13 DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY TX
14 DELTA COLLEGE MI
15 DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY UT
16 DRURY UNIVERSITY-SPRINGFIELD MO
17 EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIV MI
18 EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PA PA
19 FAULKNER UNIVERSITY AL
20 FIU – UNIVERSITY PARK CAMPUS FL
21 FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY KS
22 GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV DC
23 GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY GA
24 GEORGIA SOUTHWSTRN ST UNIV GA
25 GROVE CITY COLLEGE PA
26 HAWAII PACIFIC UNIV-LOA HI
27 HIGHLINE CMTY COLLEGE WA
28 ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE MI
29 ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE UT
30 LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY VA
31 LORAS COLLEGE IA
32 MCDANIEL COLLEGE MD
33 METHODIST UNIV FAYETTEVILLE NC
34 METROPOLITAN ST UNIV OF DENVER CO
35 MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY MI
36 MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY TX
37 MN ST COMM &TECH COLL – MOORH MN
38 NORTH DAKOTA ST UNIVERSITY ND
39 NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIV IL
40 PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE CA
41 PASSAIC COUNTY CMTY COLLEGE NJ
42 SAINT CLOUD STATE UNIV MN
43 SO ILLINOIS U-EDWARDSVILLE IL
44 TOWSON UNIVERSITY MD
45 UNIV OF ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE AL
46 UNIV OF TEXAS – AUSTIN TX
47 UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS KS
48 VIRGINIA TECH VA

Global Edition Almost Ready

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According to the Pearson UK site, the global edition will be available at the end of the November. It also has a fancy new cover (shown in make-believe fashion on the bus stop billboard) which aptly communicates the goal of the book: to put the necessary knowledge necessary to make modern-day web pages into the students’ hands.

Early November database error

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As wonderful as WordPress is, it’s nice to be reminded that it requires some attention.

Just today I came to the site, hoping to post a quick entry about our textbook adoptions thus far. Instead our lovely website was replaced with the horrible “error establishing a database connection” error.

Were we hacked? Did my co-author install a plugin and go for a bike ride? No. of course not. We had table corruption – the wp_options table to be precise. The fix was as simple as a phpMyAdmin call to Repair the wp_options table.

A few minutes later, I’ve installed the latest updates, turned off those darn comments (we had over 6000) and now back to grading those assignments.

 

Fall 2014 – Web Development Textbook Available

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Well the 2014 Fall semester is nearly upon us and we are tidying up all materials for the book and our web development courses here at Mount Royal University.

This will be the first time where students actually have access to all these materials through the textbook and we’re pumped about the prospects.

To anyone out there using this book this semester, we hope you get as much out of the book as we put in!

Security and CMS ready

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Draft chapters of the Security and Content Management Systems are finally done.

Security was an especially interesting one to research and write, although I suspect I’ve landed myself on some NSA watch lists, given the terms I had to search for over the last few weeks.

It’s a fairly comprehensive look at matters related to web development security including an overview of how to protect against the most common attacks including SQL injection, Cross Site Scripting and more!

On to the hosting and administration chapter. (The end is in sight).

 

 

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