Coding for Designers, Managers, & Entrepreneurs III

In this course Coding for Designers, we’re going to focus on creating application logic (controllers) with Javascript, including interfaces to external API’s and resources you can leverage to do a lot quickly.

About this Course

Do you want to experience what it is to go from idea to code? If so, this is the place for you! This is the third course in the Coding for Designers, Managers, and Entrepreneurs Specialization. If you’re a hands-on collaborator with developers, this course is specifically designed for you. Coding for Designers, Managers, and Entrepreneurs III and its specialization will help you build a creative confidence and competence that will make you an even better collaborator on digital projects. This course was developed at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and is taught by top-ranked faculty.

What You Will Learn

  • How to go from idea to design, and from design to code
  • How to integrate with web API’s like Google Firebase to build a modern web application
  • How to take the anxiety and guesswork out of coding with analytical debugging

Skills You Will Gain

  • Cascading Style Sheets (CCS)
  • Html in Coding for Designers
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • User Experience (UX)
  • JavaScript in Coding for Designers


5 hours to complete

Making Stuff Happen with Javascript
This week, we’re going to dive into Javascript with a focus on user interfaces. We’ll do this with a Javascript library called JQuery that provides pre-built functions we can use to control web page. As with Course 1, I’ve got a layered set of resources for you to use in getting a handle on the basics. As before, try to find a minimum that gives you comfort with the fundamentals where you can work your way through the specifics of the case.

12 videos (Total 44 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes

5 hours to complete

Coding for Designers: Debugging Javascript
You’ve probably heard this from me before, but to debug is to code. Rather than seeing this week as a kind of exception or necessary nuisance, I hope you’ll immerse yourself in the process and mentality of analytical debugging. Personally, I’ve found that the process of analytical debugging has helped me think generally in a more disciplined and systematic way about what I’m trying to do and how I’m going to do it.

5 videos (Total 15 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes

4 hours to complete

Coding for Designers: Creating Your Web Application II
Now it’s time to take the prototype you created with HTML & CSS in Course 1 of the specialization and bring it to life with Javascript. How do you do that? Well, I think that once you figure out exactly what you want to have happen, you’ll find it’s relatively easy- so start there.

Based on the user stories you selected and/or drafted, the UI comparables you reviewed, and your approach to the current prototype, what would make the interface better? More functional? Nothing will help you through your coding like a nice clear idea of what you’re trying to have happen.

Note 1: If you started here in the specialization, you’ll want to work from the options in the brief to build a prototype on JS Fiddle in HTML and CSS, and then layer in some Javascript. Note 2: If you’d like to start with a new concept from the brief for this course, that’s fine.

5 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes

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