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Fast Track to AJAX

Fig Leaf Software leveraged its years of AJAX consulting experience in developing this three-day course on how to effectively develop ColdFusion and AJAX based applications. This highly detailed hands-on class teaches a variety of AJAX techniques and frameworks including Adobe Spry and jQuery.

Duration: 3 days

Price: 1295.00
GSA Price: 1239.55
Online Price: 1445.00

Course Prerequisites

  • Experience creating HTML pages and forms
  • Basic knowledge of CSS
  • At least 3 months experience writing JavaScript
  • Basic knowledge of XML
  • Familiarity with the browser document object model (DOM)

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Cache structured content in a web browser using complex JavaScript data structures
  • Dynamically rewrite areas of a web page without performing a page reload using the JavaScript innerHTML() method
  • Perform hidden server transactions using hidden <iframe>
  • Make background data requests to a ColdFusion server using  XMLHttpRequest()
  • Use the Adobe Spry framework to create web applications that are easily maintainable
  • Implement Google Maps as part of your application
  • Use the ColdFusion 8 AJAX framework to easily pass data between the browser and server
  • Use jQuery to create a web 2.0 application

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introducing the course

  • Course Format
  • What is AJAX?
  • Examples of AJAX
  • Benefits of AJAX
  • Limitations with AJAX
  • AJAX vs. Flash

Unit 2: Advanced JavaScript

  • Working with complex data types - Arrays and Objects
  • The JavaScript document object model (DOM)
  • Referencing form fields and values
  • Working with <iframe>
  • Binding JavaScript methods to data objects (prototyping)

Unit 3: Using Scripting to Dynamically Change Page Contents

  • Generating JavaScript with ColdFusion
  • Using JSString Format() to escape bad characters
  • Representing complex ColdFusion data types in JavaScript
  • Using the innerHTML method to modify content on a page
  • Bining JavaScript Methods to Data Objects

Unit 4: Interacting with the Server

  • Passing information from the browser's DOM to ColdFusion
  • Making background server requests using <iframe>
  • Transmitting Complex Data Types to the Server
  • Using the XMLHttpPRequest Object

Unit 5: Using Adobe Spry

  • Spry Overview
  • Installing Spry
  • Retreating Data with Spry
  • Working with Data
  • Working with JSON
  • Debugging Spry
  • Spry Widgets
  • UI Widgets
  • Loading Data into Spry Firleds
  • Posting Form Data from Spry

Unit 6: Google Mashups

  • Introductions to Mashups
  • Getting Started with Google Maps
  • Google Map Basics
  • Programatically Geocoding addresses
  • Making Background Server Requests to CF8
  • Defining Map Markers
  • Responding to User Events

Unit 7: The ColdFusion 8 AJAX Framework

  • ColdFusion 8 AJAX Features
  • Debugging ColdFusion AJAX Applications
  • UI Tags
    • Using <cflayout>
    • AutoSuggest
    • FckEditor
  • Fetching data using <cfsprydataset>
  • Invoking server-side methods with <cfajaxproxy>
  • Field Binding
  • Using AJAX enabled form elements
    • Using <cfgrid>

Unit 8: Developing Applications with jQuery

  • Introduction to jQuery
  • Deploying jQuery
  • Locating objects with selectors
  • Dynamically Changing Object Attributes
  • Changing page content without a page reload
  • Modifying CSS
  • Binding functions to events
  • jQuery Effects
  • Working with datasets / background data requests
  • Working with the UI library - Interactions and Widgets
  • Using and Creating jQuery plugins

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