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Class: JS303: Intro to Client-side APIs with JavaScript

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An API is a service that lets one website use data or functionality from another website, and most modern webpages rely on at least one API - like the Facebook API for social interaction, the Google Analytics API for tracking, or the DoubleClick API for ads. In this workshop, you'll learn how JavaScript-based APIs actually work behind the scenes, plus be introduced to a wealth of APIs to enhance your websites.

The workshop will be a mix of lectures and hands-on exercises in pairs. It will be taught by {{ teacher_name }}, {{ teacher_description }}.

This workshop is highly recommended for anyone attending our frontend workshop series.

Topics covered

  • Image/iframe APIs
  • JS widget APIs
  • JS API libraries



Attendees should be comfortable with HTML and CSS fundamentals (HTML tags and attributes, CSS selectors) and JavaScript fundamentals (arrays, conditionals, loops, functions). Attendees should also be comfortable with jQuery. That means that you attended our Intro to HTML & CSS workshop, Intro to JavaScript workshop, and Intro to jQuery workshop, or you learned those concepts online.

You can review them online at a few places: HTML & CSS: Khan Academy's HTML & CSS course, Codecademy's HTML & CSS course, GDI SF's HTML & CSS slides JS: Khan Academy's Intro to JS course, Codecademy's JS course, GDI SF's JS slides jQuery: Khan Academy's jQuery course, Codecademy's jQuery course, GDI SF's jQuery slides

Tech requirements

  • Your laptop (Mac, PC, Linux) and charger
  • A modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
  • A text editor - we recommend either Sublime Text 2 or Atom (both free)

If you do not have a laptop, please contact the instructors. We have a limited number of Chromebooks for students to borrow.


Payment is required to attend. If you'd like to attend but cannot afford the cost, click here to request a scholarship. Due to the number of applications, only the scholarship recipient will receive an email a few days before the workshop. Thank you for your understanding!

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