JavaScript Programming


Course specifications

Course number: 077 921

Software version number: 4.x+

Course length: 3 days


Hardware/software required to run this course

To complete the exercises and labs in this course, you will need both Internet Explorer and Navigator installed. Computers should have sufficient memory and hard-disk space to run both browsers simultaneously. We recommend at least 32 MB of RAM and 200 MB disk space (to hold the browsers). The course was written to run with Internet Explorer 4.0 and newer and Navigator 4.04 and newer. Use the latest versions available. Access to the Internet is not required during class. However, “field trips” to selected web sites, noted in places throughout the course, would require such access. See your reference manual for hardware considerations that apply to your specific hardware setup.


Course description


Overview: Students will learn how to program by using JavaScript 1.3.


Prerequisites: HTML Programming: Level 1 and a strong familiarity with using the Internet or equivalent knowledge.


Delivery method: Instructor-led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.


Benefits: Students will learn how to write JavaScript programs that use the latest language techniques (version 1.3). Students will also learn how to write programs that are compatible with previous versions of the language and are cross-browser compatible.


Target student: Students enrolling in this course should have a strong understanding of HTML programming and should have a basic familiarity with JavaScript. They should have examined scripts written by others and have implemented other people’s scripts on their web pages. This is a serious programming course for those students who want to gain a full understanding of this powerful programming language.


What's next: JavaScript Programming is the first course in this series. Advanced JavaScript Programming, the next course in this series, teaches students advanced language components and advanced programming techniques.


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Performance-based objectives

Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


*     List the JavaScript syntax rules and implement good coding practices.

*     List the data and variable types that JavaScript supports, use the many control statements available in JavaScript, and create and use functions.

*      Describe object characteristics, use objects, instantiate objects, and create custom objects.

*      Describe the purpose of the Document object and use its properties, methods, and event handlers.

*      Script with frames in mind.

*      Describe the purpose of the Form object and use its properties, methods, and event handlers to read and write to HTML forms.

*      Choose a general process for validating user input into web forms.

*      Validate user input into HTML forms including testing for required fields, numeric data and numeric data within a range of values specified, and string data.

*      Describe the purpose of the Date object, instantiate and use instances of the Date object to create clocks, count-down timers, and perform date math.

*      Describe the purpose of the Math object and use its constants and methods to perform mathematical operations.

*      Characterize the compatibility landscape and choose between the various techniques for dealing with potential incompatibilities. Detect browsers in order to create code that works around platform incompatibilities.


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Course content


Lesson 1: Getting Started with JavaScript

JavaScript Overview

JavaScript Programming Overview

Lesson 2: JavaScript Building Blocks—Variables and Operators

Variables and Data Types Overview

Using Variables and Data


Lesson 3: JavaScript Building Blocks—Control Statements

Controlling the flow – JavaScript Control Statements

Lesson 4: JavaScript Building Blocks—Functions and Objects



Lesson 5: The Window Object

The Window Object

Dialog Boxes

Status Bar Messages

Window Manipulations

Lesson 6: The Document Object

The Document Object

Writing to Documents

Dynamic Documents

Lesson 7: Working with Frames

HTML Frames Review

Scripting for Frames

Lesson 8: Working with Forms and Forms-based Data

The Form Object

Working with Form Elements and Their Properties

Lesson 9: Validating Form Data

A General Approach

Testing for Required Fields

Validating Numeric Data

Validating String Data

Lesson 10: Dates and Math

Overview of the Date Object

Using and manipulating Dates

Overview of the Math Object

Doing Math with JavaScript

Lesson 11: Introduction to Cross-browser Compatibility

Examining the Compatibility Landscape

Detecting Browser and Platforms


Additional information: This course teaches cross-browser programming techniques, and thus requires both Internet Explorer and Navigator to be installed. Students will not be able to complete some exercises if they do not have access to both browsers.