New course from the School of Interface Development. In Yekaterinburg and everywhere

    My name is Denis Chistyakov, and I lead the interface development team in Yekaterinburg. We are engaged in the front-end: we make many complex, bright and beautiful pages for Yandex applications.

    Two years ago, we launched our Interface Development School, in the framework of which we are trying to turn web developers into cool web developers as soon as possible, ready for the specifics of our company, our infrastructure and our technologies. This year was no exception. In 2014, SRI will be held in Yekaterinburg and Minsk.

    Today I want to share with you the courses compiled from the best lectures in our school in recent years, as well as to talk about what will be in it in a new way.

    This year, we decided to move away from the School format that has become familiar in two years and try to conduct it in a completely new rhythm. This year, training will be divided into two parts, relatively speaking, full-time and part-time. We understand that often those who want to learn from us will find time between school, work and family. And we are not an ordinary school or university, where you need a compulsory presence at lessons and pairs. We have confidence that those people who fall into SRI have a healthy passion, are responsible and understand what they started the learning path for. (Yes, yes, we know you're cool :)

    Therefore, summarizing all of the above, we decided that students will master the theoretical material on their own at a time convenient for them. But to feel the taste of creating interfaces, there is not much to read and watch. There is still a lot of practice and coding. Therefore, the second - full-time - part of the training will be practical exercises (which, it is important to note, were not in the past SRI).

    These will be mini hackathons, on which the guys will have to implement an entire project. A team of Yandex mentors will help them in this. And there are many advantages to this: communication, the opportunity to work side by side with professionals, get “live experience” and, most importantly, try to feel like part of Yandex.

    What else? There will also be a story about teamwork. Very often the success of your product depends on the coordinated work of many people. Cool if you can do everything yourself, but more often it’s a little more complicated. It is clear that to get the skill of working in a team without a team is a rather difficult task. Therefore, during practical exercises, we will also pay attention to this aspect. Students will be able to invent, plan, negotiate, build the architecture of their own project and choose the technologies for implementation. Have to make decisions and be responsible for the finished product. And in this format, with such innovations, we will start this year.

    Now I would like to dwell a little more on the lecture course, which was mentioned above.

    I repeat, we really have a lot of high-quality material from experienced developers who, in addition to being really cool specialists, prepared specifically for speaking to students, thought through the content of each lecture to tell the most useful. And the greatest value of all this baggage of material is that it is in the public domain. Everyone can independently familiarize themselves with it in free mode, even without studying at the School.

    In the process of selecting materials for home study, we tried to select not only the best, but the most valuable and useful. As a result, we got a course of video lectures that will help anyone who wants to immerse themselves in web development.

    Course structure

    We divided all the material into three blocks, in accordance with the development cycle: this is the layout, the "revitalization" of our pages by JS, and the block about rolling out and optimization. On the one hand, each lecture is filled with selected information on the topic and the course provides a good basis. On the other hand, each block must be perceived as anchor points of what you need to know. After viewing the lecture, you need to take something and try to do it yourself, somewhere we recommend references and additional sources for study.

    The course is useful for both beginner developers who are just taking their first steps in this really cool business, and those who already have some experience. With it, you can both gain new knowledge and find answers to your questions, or simply structure the existing material in your head.

    The list of lectures appeared for a reason. Lectures go in the same order as the development process usually takes place: static layout, “fastening” the javascript, then debugging and testing the code. For two years we read and recorded several courses in different cities, and this selection, in my opinion, is the most successful for educational purposes. I chose the shortest and most meaningful lectures so that the student could get an idea of ​​the entire development process, and then, if desired, delve into the details and watch other lectures.

    Layout: HTML + CSS

    In working on any interface project, we can’t get anywhere from layout. Now HTML and CSS technologies have gone very far, and many cool and even animated pieces can be implemented already at this stage of development, without even touching JS.

    In this block, we have placed nine lectures telling about everything necessary for layout layout:


    A block of lectures on the “revitalization" of the JS'om layout tells about the capabilities of the JavaScript programming language, and how to use it to make our still static page more lively, interactive and dynamic:

    Optimization and deployment

    A block of lectures about the very 20% of tasks that take 80% of the time - rolling out changes to the production server, profiling, optimizations, as well as various types of testing:

    But if you want to try your hand and participate in practical exercises, ask your questions to Yandex employees or just hang out together, we are happy to invite you to our School! Participation and training are completely free, and for admission you only need the desire and successful completion of the entrance test. All the necessary information can be found here:

    Do not be afraid and come to us in SRI! Believe me, you can learn a lot from us, and we from you.

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