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Monday, May 20 • 9:15am - 10:15am
JavaScript 101: First Look from an RPG Perspective

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Since its introduction nearly 23 years ago, JavaScript has fast become the most prominent programming language on the Internet. You would be hard-pressed to find a single page on the web today that does not employ some amount of JavaScript code. Learning JavaScript, along with basic HTML and CSS concepts, should be at the top of the to-do list for every RPG developer looking to get started with serious web development. This session serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of the JavaScript language, drawing comparisons to coding concepts that should be familiar to all RPG programmers. No prior experience with web development is assumed. Topics to be covered include basic variable declaration, comparison & assignment operators, conditional statements, arrays, loops and functions -- all of which will be directly compared to their RPG equivalents. The instructor will demonstrate how you can practice these basic JavaScript concepts on your own using console tools inside the Google Chrome browser, and provide suggestions for further study of the language.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Know how to code and test blocks of JavaScript inside their own browser (specifically, we'll look at the DevTools inside Google Chrome)
  2. Understand the differences and similarities between JavaScript and RPG
  3. Know where to go for further study of the language and what to focus on learning first

Speakers
avatar for Robert Swanson

Robert Swanson

Senior Partner, CNX
Robert Swanson has worked as an IBM i developer since 1992, the past 10 years focused on promoting modernization efforts for legacy systems written in RPG. Currently serving as Managing Partner for CNX Corporation in Chicago, Robert is a strong advocate of introducing "Web 2.0-style... Read More →


Monday May 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Adventure Tower Adventure
  • Level Beginner
  • AWARD Bronze
  • Operating System IBM i
  • Audience This session is geared to teach JavaScript basics to seasoned RPG developers, drawing comparisons to common concepts such as local and global variable declaration, if statements, do loops, select blocks, etc.

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