Fall 2019 in Web Apps

Here are some things students said about this course (on the official course evaluation form) at the end of fall 2018:

This course had an assortment of resources and reference material. It let students not only prepare, but go beyond the scope of the course itself if they wanted to. The instructions for assignments were very well detailed and thorough. Reading material was always relevant. Workshop hours were great, especially having them at the end of the week when the deadline is coming fast.

I love the world of tech and coding, and I could tell from my first day in lab that Professor McAdams had the same interest and enthusiasm. Even better, she had the skills I was looking to gain. The class required a lot of effort; it was intense. I had to put in more time into this class than my more difficult classes, but it was worth it and it goes to show how much effort McAdams put into the course herself. Thanks to this class, I feel confident in the skills I have learned and I feel at a good starting point to keep learning and developing my front-end skills independently.

Intro to Web Apps is one of the most valuable classes I’ve taken in the j-school. I really got a sense of new skills that I could see myself using in career — even an entry-level position in digital editorial — that would set me apart from other applicants (or at least put me in the ranks of other journalism grads who have web design skills). The course-load was challenging with quizzes/a hefty amount of reading and videos each week, but the format of the class made sense for what we were learning, and it challenged me to come to lab as prepared as possible and soak in all the material in the way that worked best for me.

This class was really difficult for me and I hated it at times during each project, but each time I finished a new one I was so proud of my work and I’m so glad I have this new skill. I thought that all of the course materials were relevant and helpful to the assignments.

My favorite class of the semester. I learned so much!

See you in August 2016!

This is the course website for Intro to Web Apps, an elective in the Journalism Department at the University of Florida. To see the week-by-week assignments and topics, go the the Course Schedule page.

This course is taught in the fall semester only. It will be offered again in fall 2016.

There are no prerequisites for this course. Priority is given to students enrolled in the College of Journalism and Communications. This course is NOT a capstone.

The follow-up course is Advanced Web Apps, which has its own course website. That course is offered in the spring only.

Getting a job in journalism code

All your fears and worries are not one bit strange or unusual.

The subtitle of this article is “Two recent grads want to calm your job search fears.”

Q: Whenever I see someone write code, it’s like they’ve got everything memorized. Do I have to memorize everything?

A: You do not need to memorize everything. Programmers know what to write next (like exact phrasing of CSS or Javascript functions) because of repetition, familiarity, and having looked it up time and time again. Trying to intentionally memorize programming language syntax is probably less productive than learning to Google what you need and passively memorizing the things you have to look up repeatedly.

There’s lots more good stuff in the post. Go read it.