I love to learn new things! That’s why I attended The Informal School of IT courses. The first course was “Intro in IT”. Here I learned the basics.
The course content:
1. How does an application come to life?
- Who are the craftsmen involved?
- Roles and responsibilities
- How does an application grow?
- When are we ready to ship?
2. Must-have skills for the journey
- How computers work?
- Computer architecture (memory, CPU, networking)
- Different devices – different operating systems!
- OS architecture (processes, services, file system, security) Windows vs Linux vs Android vs iOS
- What are applications made of?
- Application architecture (Presentation, Business and Data Layers; Windows architecture; Server – client architecture)
- How does information travel through Internet?
- WWW (HTTP/S, TCP/IP, DNS)
- Web pages
- URL and URI
- Client side vs. Server side processing/rendering
- Web services
- Internet security
- What are your basic tools?
- Web browsers (cookies, sessions, extensions/plugins)
- Text editors with syntax highlighting
- Image and video capture
- Remote access
- Chrome Inspector / Firebug / DevTools
- Moqups, wireframes
- Skype / Hangouts
3. Can you become a developer?
- Start thinking and speaking like an IT geek!
- Programming basics
- Pseudocoding and flow charting
- Data structures and algorithms
- Number systems and binary logic
- IT Terminology
- Everything around us is an object – In machines’ world this is called OOP
- Inheritance, Encapsulation, Abstraction, Polymorphism
- You call it a website – this is a perfect mix between HTML, CSS, JS
- You like to keep your stuff well organized – So does an application using databases
- SQL (basics and database entities, create db and tables using tools, NOSQL)
4. …or what about being a tester?
- Apps crashing, monitors freezing, odd coloring screens, weird behavior… Are all these happening only to me?
- What is software testing?
- Types of testing – Manual vs Automated Testing
- What is a bug?
- What scenarios should be covered to test the application?
- Tests execution.
5. Show us your skills, we show you the path
- Are you amazed of what you’ve found so far? This was just a glimpse! We help you choose the best path to follow: testing or developing applications
- Great things come with hard-working
- Everything is about mindset – What are the special ingredients?
- The only constant thing in life is change
The course content:
1. Web Introduction:
- Client-Server architectures
- TCP/IP Protocol (IP address, URL)
- DNS Protocol
- HTTP Protocol (request-response model, headers, methods, status codes)
- HTTP Caching
- HTTP Cookies
- HTTPS Protocol (SSL)
- Browsers (DOM, page building, rendering and layout)
- Developer Tools (Dev Tools, Fiddler, Firebug)
- HTML Standards
- HTML Basics
- HTML Elements
- HTML Attributes
- HTML Tables
- HTML iFrames
- HTML Form Elements
- HTML5 Elements and Semantics
- Canvas, SVG
- APIs (geolocation, local storage, app cache)
- CSS Syntax (rules and selectors)
- CSS Base Rules
- CSS Positioning and Layout (box model)
- CSS Pseudo-class and Pseudo-elements
- CSS3 Basics
- CSS3 Flexbox
- CSS3 Gradients and Backgrounds
- CSS3 Transforms, Transitions and Animations
- Responsive Web Design (media queries)
- Expressions and Operators (arithmetic, logic, bitwise)
- Variables and Types (numbers, booleans, strings, arrays, objects)
- Flow Control (decisions, iterations, break, continue)
- DOM (methods, document, elements, html, css, events, nodes, navigation)
- JSON (syntax, types, objects, arrays, parse, stringify, JSONP)
- Client Storage (local and session storage)
- jQuery Basics
- Coding Standards (clean code, naming conventions)
- Functions – Advanced Topics (function scope, closure, hoisting)
- Objects – Advanced Topics (properties, methods, prototypes)
- ECMAScript 6 (scoping, let, arrow functions, classes)
- AJAX (XMLHttpRequest, request, response)
6. Introduction to ReactJS
- Introduction (architecture, virtual DOM)
- Environment Setup
- Components (props, state, lifecycle)
- Forms (refs, routing)
- Events (DOM events, component events)
7. Interview Preparation
- How to present oneself during an IT interview
- CV formatting tips
Whitin the course, I created a movie app using the skills I developed. At the end of the course, I took the ANC accredited exam and I obtained the 9,75 grade.