Drumbeat/p2pu/courses/mashing up the open web
Mashing Up the Open Web
What you should know
- Basic HTML
- Why: We're going to be making web mashups, its essential.
- How: You can place elements on a basic webpage.
- Basic CSS
- Why: You want you're mashup to look pretty, right?
- How: You can style various elements in your basic web pages.
- Why: It'll be handy to be able to manipulate your web pages in the browser.
- How: You know what the DOM is and how to modify it.
What you can expect to learn
- Release Early, Release Often
- Why: It's important to share your code.
- How: Your project will be published on a freely available code repository
- Open Source Licenses
- Why: You need to know your rights and how to avoid liabilities.
- How: You will have code licensed under a particular open license, and can articulate the terms and why you chose that particular license.
- Version Control Systems
- Why: When you collaborate with many geographically disperse developers it's important to track changes and be able to go back.
- How: You will store your code in a git or svn repository that is publicly hosted.
- Philosophies of Open / Free Software
- Why: People choose to be open for a reason, learn about their motives.
- How: You will understand what it means to be open and can articulate why you believe open is The Way.
- Open Datasets
- Why: The data you mash up must come from somewhere
- How: Your mashup will have data from at least two sources.
- Data Visualization
- Why: Once you've got all that data, you have to make it look good.
- How: At the end of the course you will have a live mashup that you can display.
What you might learn if you work hard
- jQuery or similar JS Framework
- How: Advanced participants really keen on learning you will develop your mashup using jQuery or a similar framework.
- Server side scripting (PHP, Ruby, Python, etc)
- Why: It's often faster and cleaner to do data manipulations on the server rather than the client.
- How: Advanced participants really keen on learning may build web services that others can consume.
Things we won't cover
- Why: Flash is proprietary, we're mashing up the _open_ web.
- Browser Plugins
- Why: Although client side mashups are possible with browser plugins, they are well beyond the scope of this course.