Principles of Code Sequence (Age 13-16)

Principles of Code: Level 5J
Secondary 1 - 4 (Ages 13-16)

Class size: 5
Schedule & Fees

Web Programming with JavaScript

At Code Campus, we think that learning to program the web is a challenging but ultimately rewarding endeavor because there are few skills truly as enabling as being able to create a web application. Our approach to web programming is decidedly opinionated in that it assumes that students have already acquired the basic skills needed to read and write computer programs before learning how those skills can be applied to the web domain. Principles of Code Level 3 is thus a hard requirement for this offering.

Programming the web can broadly be decomposed into three connected tasks: structuring content, designing the appearance of said content, and programming applications based on that content. Learning to build on the web can thus be reduced to learning about the associated technologies which address these concerns - HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
The course will first start with a primer of the JavaScript programming language and compare it to other popular languages students are familiar with like Python, before delving into the sister technologies of HTML and CSS. At the end of the course, Code Campers will be able to build their own landing pages and simple frontend web applications through the use of popular web programming libraries like jQuery and Bootstrap.

Class was last offered in June - July 2017 and is expected to be held again in Q1 2018.
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Frequently Asked Questions

“Coding” is synonymous with “programming”. It refers to the art of writing computer code, which are instructions that a computer can follow to solve problems. Practically every facet of technology that we encounter in our daily lives - from online banking systems to video games on our iPhone, from the GPS systems we rely on navigation to the security systems that protect our homes and offices, is created from code.

Communicating with a computer requires the use of a language, just like how communicating with another human being involves the use of a language like English or Korean. The difference is that writing code for a computer in a particular language is a little like speaking to somebody who is absolutely particular about grammar and punctuation - any deviation from a language’s rules results in a computer not being able to accept the programmed instructions. Different computer languages are well-suited to doing different tasks. For example, JavaScript is the undisputed lingua franca of the web, LISP is used extensively by NASA and in Artificial intelligence research while C and FORTRAN finds its adherents in high finance especially in the field of high frequency trading.

Python is one of the world's most popular languages (consistently ranked within the Top 10 in recent years by Tiobe) that is known for its learner-friendly syntax, versatility and ubiquity in the workplace. It is also a language that most of our instructors have had the pleasure of using in the workplace. In addition, students and parents might be interested to know that Computing will be available as an examinable subject for the Singapore "O" levels beginning in 2017 and Python will be the language taught in the curriculum.