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Web Dev Short Course Outline

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Here’s  Josh Williams’ outline of the six sessions he’ll be doing on HTML, CSS, PHP and WordPress.


Monday, February 9th, 2009

See our tutorial on Using WordPress.

This is related to what we’ll be covering in the March 12 and March 19 classes.

CSS – Part II

Monday, February 9th, 2009

See our tutorial on Using Free Web Designs.

This is related to what we’ll be covering in the March 5 class.

CSS – Part I

Monday, February 9th, 2009

See our tutorial on CSS 101.

This is related to what we’ll be covering in the Feb 19 and Feb 26 classes.


Monday, February 9th, 2009

See our tutorial on HTML 101.

This is related to what we’ll be covering in the Feb. 12 and Feb 19 classes.

Google Maps and Word Press

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

To add a Google Map you’ve created to a Word Press blog posting, first you need to install the XML Google Maps plugin for Word Press.

Then in the plugin’s settings, set URL Display Mode to Map, URL Title without Parameters (title).

You’re now ready to add a Google Map to a Word Press blog posting.

Embedding a Google Map in Word Press

Open up the Google Map you’ve created.

In the upper right, click on the word Link.

Copy the text in the box labeled Paste link in email or IM

Open a new post.

Give the post a title.

In the main text box type in these words: View Larger Map

Select those words and click on the add link button.

Paste into the link box the link you copied from your Google Map.

Click on the Update Post button.

Click on the Preview button to test your map.

The map should open on the page you created in your Word Press blog.

Click on the words View Larger Map to see the full map view at Google Maps.

For more complete instructions, see our tutorial on Embedding Map Mashups.

Jerry’s zeemap test

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

View larger map.

Downtown Pleasant Hill – Closed Businesses

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

These are small businesses in downtown Pleasant Hill that have closed recently.

We’re trying to determine if the closures are related to the economic recession.

View larger map

If you know of a business that’s closed, please enter it on this map and we’ll try to find out why it shut down.

If you have any information about why a business closed, please enter that on the map.

(you’ll need Google and Google Maps accounts to add information to the map)

Maps and Map Mashups

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Map Mashup Tutorials

See our tutorials on map mashups, especially:

Also see the Google Maps User Guide, which includes instructions on embedding video in a Google map.

Journalism and other projects using maps:

Maps for storytelling

Database driven maps

User generated maps

For more maps go to Paul Grabowicz’ Delicious bookmarks page

Additional resources and readings

Google Workshop at I-School

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

This from Raymond Yee, a lecturer at the UCB School of Information:

If you are into learning about the Google Geo services, please come to the following workshop:

Google Geo Developer Workshop
Monday, Feb 9, 2009
110 South Hall, UC Berkeley

The Google Geo Developer Workshop at Berkeley is a hands-on workshop devoted to Google Geo APIs. You’ll get to see demos of what you can do with Google Maps, Mapplets, and Earth, and spend most of the time working on your own cool project. Googlers Mano Marks and Roman Nurik will be there to provide advice and technical assistance, and guide you through sample projects such as making an interactive campus map, displaying your observational data in Earth, or planning optimal routes between your classrooms and favorite lunch stops.

For those people that are just getting started with APIs, we’ll have some code labs to help you learn the important stuff. For the more advanced developers, we’ll help you out with your code.

Come, bring your laptop, bring your data, and be prepared to code!

(Feel free to send this invitation to others you think will be interested.)

If you have any questions, please send contact the host for the session, Raymond Yee (

Raymond is teaching a course this semester at the I-School on mashups:

He’s also interested in exploring possible collaborations with his class, and I’ll be following up on that. So take a look at the syllabus and let  know if you have any thoughts on this.