IFD:Mobile Apps with HTML5

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Werkmodul | Fachmodul
Lecturer: Michael Markert
Credits: 6 ECTS, 3 SWS
Date: Tuesdays, 13:30 until 16:00 h
Venue: Marienstraße 7b, Room 105
First meeting: Tuesday, 22. October 2013


Wolltest du schon immer eine App für dein iPhone erstellen? Oder hast du eine tolle Idee für ein "Creative Coding Experience" auf deinem iPad? Hast du ein neues Android Tablett und möchtest etwas schickes damit machen? Das ist deine Chance!

Wir werden mit den neuesten cross-platform HTML5 Web-Technologien arbeiten (hauptsächlich mit der ECMA Scriptsprache, besser bekannt als JavaScript; inklusive CSS3), um Apps zu erstellen, die auf deinem internetfähigen mobilen Endgerät laufen.


  • siehe englische Auflistung

Dieser Kurs wird je nach Bedarf höchstwahrscheinlich auf Englisch abgehalten.

Hinweis: Wer mit mehreren Endgeräten und Web-Synchronisation arbeiten will, dem wird der gleichzeitige Besuch des Werk-/Fachmoduls von Kollege Gabriel Rausch empfohlen, das auch auf Serverseitige Programmierung eingeht. Aus zeitlichen Gründen können wir das in diesem Kurs nicht tun.

English description

Did you ever wish to design an app for your iPhone? Or do you have an idea for this nice creative coding experience on your iPad? Do you have a new Android Tablet and want to make something cool with it? This is your chance!

We will work with the latest cross-platform HTML5 web technologies (mainly the ECMA scripting language, better known as JavaScript; including CSS3) to create applications that will run on your mobile device.

Topics will be:

  • Creative Coding on mobile devices
  • Introduction to Programming
    • Variables
    • Functions / Methods
    • Objects
    • Events
    • Best practices and Software Design Patterns (Accessors: Getters/Setters, Creating Objects, Modules…)
  • ECMA Script (JavaScript)
  • CSS3 (Design, Animation, Transition…)
  • HTML5 (Multitouch, Geolocation, Device Orientation, Local Storage, Canvas, WebAudio, SVG...)
  • Communication Protocols (JSON, AJAX with XMLHttpRequest), using the API of WebServices (Google, FlickR, Twitter, Yahoo Pipes, Facebook...)
  • JavaScript Libraries (Processing.js, Paper.js, D3.js, jQuery Mobile and many more…)
  • Webapps and Hybrid Apps (that's a webApp that is wrapped in a native application that you can download from an app store)

This course will most likely be held in English


  • Your own computer (Laptop) with a proper plain text code editor
  • Your own mobile device that's capable of browsing the internet
  • If you have a computer running Mac OS X 10.7 or newer, you'll get a free copy of Procoding
  • If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 6 or newer, you'll get a free copy of Procoding Mobile
  • Procoding is not required, if you have another system, you'll get a starter package that you can edit with the code editor of your choice.

Registration Procedure

To register for the course, please send an eMail with the Topic "Registration for Mobile Apps with HTML5" to Michael.Markert (at) uni-weimar.de, incuding the following informations:

  • Full Name
  • program and semester (Studienprogramm und Fachsemester)
  • matriculation number (Matrikelnummer)
  • Angabe der geltenden Prüfungsordnung (eg. PV27 or PV29)
  • Valid email address @uni-weimar.de (no other mailing addresses will be accepted)
  • Your hardware:
    • Do you have a Mac Computer with Mac OS 10.7+ ?
    • Do you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iOS 6+ ?
  • One or two short(!) sentences about:
    • why you want to be in this course
    • what preliminary knowledge do you have (e.g. HTML, Processing, ...) <-- please be honest!

If there are more than 15 Registrations, students will be accepted depending on:

  • Order (first come, first serve)
  • If you are in a Project of Interface-Design (see Prof. Jens Geelhaar's semester projects this semester)
  • What you've written in "why I want to be in this course"

Applications with missing information, esp. those with an invalid E-Mail ("Re: Cannot deliver, mailbox full / quota exceeded, ...") and participants showing on the first meeting without previous registration cannot be accepted, unfortunately. Sorry.


  • Regular and active participation
  • Working on the weekly assignments and documenting them in this Wiki
  • Presentation of your work in progress in the course
  • Presentation of your work at the IFD:Showreel
  • Final hand-in (in this Wiki) with short documentation at the end of the term

Übungen und Ergebnisse

Please copy this first entry (NameOrPseudonym) and make your own subpages:

  • That's what the Wiki-Code means:
    • The first two brackets create a infernal link in this wiki (this creates a new page).
    • The slash "/" makes the page a subpage of this page

Help shows how to edit in this wiki; How to upload and use images. Please do not upload content that you did not create.


  • Bachelor Students Media Art & Design
  • Master Students Media Art & Design
  • Master Students MediaArchitecture
  • All others: if you're interested, get in contact with Michael!


Preliminary schedule:

  1. 22.10. First meeting, Intro & Showcase
  2. 29.10. HTML & jQuery Mobile
  3. 05.11. CSS
  4. 12.11. Variables & Functions
  5. 19.11. Objects
  6. 26.11. Event Handlers (Drawing with a Touch)
  7. 03.12. Communication (XMLHttpRequest), Yahoo Pipes (XML to JSON)
  8. 10.12. Geolocation
  9. 17.12. Communication Part II (FlickR API)
  10. 07.01.
  11. 14.01.
  12. 21.01.
  13. 28.01.
  14. 04.02. Hybrid Apps (go native!)
  15. 31.03. tba