Web designers are a special breed – we’re one of a small group of professionals that actively seeks out to improve ourselves and our craft through any means possible. This generally means on our own, from each other, and through an awful lot of ‘guess, test and revise.’ Web design isn’t for the faint of heart or those with any fear of failure.
The most daunting ‘learning experience’ for developing developers is to make the jump from the HTMLs and the CSSs of the world to web scripting. It looks good from the outside – all that added interactivity and animation and cool effects and features – oh my. But for some designers, it proves to be a difficult lesson to learn, as scripting can require more focus, logic, and organization than the coding that you are used to.
Getting on Your Feet Fast
I don’t know where this site came from or remember how I found it, but I constantly reference Tizag for many of their tutorials. They are straightforward and direct, but move through the topic in a way that makes it easy to understand. Their lessons aren’t too long, giving you just enough to take out and test before returning for the next lesson.
Walk Before You Can Run
document.write(“My name is Matt”);
It’s that simple – as you learn more, you’ll do more impressive things, but, hey, we all have to start somewhere, right? Consider ‘document.write’ like the fast food job you had in high school. It’s probably not something you will impress your friends with, but once you’re an investment banker, you’ll look back on it with nostalgia.
Subtleties of JS
Add a second ‘document.write’ command. You should notice that the two pieces of text follow directly after one another on your webpage.
Now, between the “quotes” where your text is, add HTML tags. Add a paragraph tag on each command. You should have something like this:
document.write("<p>My name is Matt</p>"); document.write("<p>This is my first script</p>");
Put It to Use
This tutorial will aid you in creating a registration form that includes a password strength checker to tell the user how strong (security wise) their password is. This form will also include several boxes for password use and other vital information.
Check it out for Yourself: jQuery for Designers
Go do it. No really, go do it.