Building an Application with CoffeeScript
Build an App using CoffeeScript with one-third of JavaScript code
By Darko Bozhinovski
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: April 2014
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Packt video courses are designed to cover the breadth of the topic in short, hands-on, task-based videos. Each course is divided into short manageable sections, so you can watch the whole thing or jump to the bit you need. The focus is on practical instructions and screencasts showing you how to get the job done.
This course covers the fundamentals of CoffeeScript with real-world examples and provides a practical step-by-step approach to building a web app. The course brushes up the basics, bringing you up to speed with all the essentials to building an app, and then dives in to creating the app and publishing it.
If you are a beginner JavaScript developer who wants to start learning CoffeeScript and give your project some structure, this course is for you. The course covers the basics of CoffeeScript and helps you build an app. The only prerequisite is to have a basic idea about application development.

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    4.0

    Like a professor doing a typical lecture

    By RunAstartup

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      Comments about oreilly Building an Application with CoffeeScript:

      The intro of the video course states "familiarize yourself with CoffeeScript" and I did. The other list items of learning in the description are also fairly accurate. The "cake" built tool was demonstrated, using jQuery with coffeescript was demonstrated, built a simple framework was also demonstrated. The inaccurate part of the description is the "Who is this video course for" which states "if you're a beginner Javascript developer… this course is for you" …NOT! Realistically it should be written as "if you're a beginner coffeescript developer this course is for you". The usage of MVC concepts was great but it's helpful if you're already familiar with MVC.

      After going through the course, I realized it is a good overview of coffeescript and how useful it could be, even though it's not what I would call a "walkthrough" course. It's more of a class lecture where the professor describes the things you can do with coffeescript with a few examples then you get homework and have to figure it out on your own.

      I was really excited at the beginning (section 1) watching the author use http://js2coffee.org to see the instant conversion of javascript. It's really fantastic how coffeescript applies good coding methods to develop your code. This is also the part the author referred to the coffeescript's documentation which is fine, but an actual demo would have been better. I found the command line "cake" easy to understand but the author just types "cake -c filename" to show you the compiling but not telling you the "-c" option which I had look for in the documentation myself.

      The template files are included so that's helpful, but the coding speed in the video is too fast so don't try to code along. You will just have to open the corresponding chapter files when changing chapters. The added benefit is some resources introduced in the video like the website where you can find any javascript library and a javascript library for generating PDF files.

      To summarize this would have been an excellent course if it were double in length, walking you through the coding process, but instead it seems like a professor doing a typical lecture and expecting you to figure out the homework on your own.

       
      5.0

      Loved this hands on guide for CoffeeScri

      By Bill

      from Baltimore, MD

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        Comments about oreilly Building an Application with CoffeeScript:

        Building an Application with CoffeeScript [Video]
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        This course was full of great tips and an excellent guide for using CoffeeScript, I love the video approach as it is more hands on. The author did a great job relaying the information while keeping me on track with the project. Section I was a rather nice introduction, I didn't have any issues completing this part. Section II was probably my favorite because it jumped into OOP with a framework using the MVC pattern. I like the attention to inheritance and minimizing classes so your not branching all over the place. Section 4 and 5 build on the MVC pattern and it was at a great pace allowing everything to settle in my brain as I followed along.
        Section 6 was great, once you have something working you need to focus on making the server interactions quicker and optimizing speeds for the end user. Section 7 extended the framework further by implementing libraries. The final section works on exporting the files created for offline view.
        Overall I was very satisfied with this video course, well worth the cost, and the instructor did a great job with putting everything together. I liked the organization and how easy it was to follow along, being an introduction to CoffeeScript for me I felt it was rather straight forward and not very difficult to follow along.

         
        5.0

        Good to start with

        By Anirudh

        from India

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        • Too basic

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        Comments about oreilly Building an Application with CoffeeScript:

        New! Packt Video courses: Building an Application with CoffeeScript, is a practical screencast-based tutorials that show you how to get the job done using coffeescript.
        This course shows you the differences between JavaScript and Coffeescripts by showing code comparison. It also shows how to combine JavaScript libraries with CoffeeScript, DOM manipulation with jQuery and CoffeeScript etc.
        It also teaches you how to write your own MVC in order to better understand how and why it's used with an example of an application.
        It familiarize yourself with CoffeeScript. Teaches you to use CoffeeScript for web app development. In this course you build a simple framework for your application and implement JavaScript libraries with CoffeeScript.
        You also get to know the build tools that come along with the language (Cake),Understand advanced concepts such as inheritance and polymorphism and Incorporate HTML5 APIs with CoffeeScript.
        At the end of the course you learn to refactor your existing CoffeeScript code.
        If you are a beginner JavaScript developer who wants to start learning CoffeeScript and give your project some structure, this course is for you. The course covers the basics of CoffeeScript and helps you build an app. The only prerequisite is to have a basic idea about application development.

        link: http://bit.ly/1ix4XXb

         
        4.0

        Delivers On Its Title's Promise

        By Dustin Marx

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            Comments about oreilly Building an Application with CoffeeScript:

            Packt Publishing provided me with an electronic copy of "Building an Application with CoffeeScript " for review and I found that it delivers on what its title promises: demonstration and explanation of building a simple application with CoffeeScript. This video is most likely going to appeal most strongly to developers who have basic JavaScript familiarity and want to get a quick overview of what CoffeeScript offers and how it can ease some of the burdens of JavaScript development.

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