Course introduction

The aim of this course is to help you build the fundamental knowledge to develop web-based applications for the DHIS2 platform. We will go through key languages and technologies such as HTML and CSS, which is used to build the structure and layout of our applications. Further, we will look at how we use pure JavaScript to add interactivity to otherwise static HTML applications to make them dynamic and able to request data from servers while the users are interacting with the app. We will then see how we can use React, a JavaScript framework, to make development more efficient and help us to quite easily build more advanced applications. Finally, the DHIS2 Application Programming Interface (API) which allows us to request and manipulate the data stored in a DHIS2 instance, and the DHIS2 application development platform will be introduced. This allows you to build applications that work well with DHIS2.

In the remainder of this introduction, we will go through a couple of fundamental concepts of web-development that will prepare you for the rest of this course.

The apps you will learn to build through this course uses different languages and technologies to build dynamic applications for the web.
The apps you will learn to build through this course uses different languages and technologies to build dynamic applications for the web.
HTMLMarkup language that is used to structure the content of documents, and in our case, our web-based application (e.g., which parts of our site represents headings, menus, lists).
CSSLanguage that is used to define the layout of a web-based application (e.g., colors, fonts, borders, position of elements).
JavaScriptProgramming language that is used to define dynamic behaviors for our web-based application (e.g., add, remove, and update content as user navigate the page and get data from servers). Here, we will also use the low-level JavaScript framework jQuery to simplify certain operations.
ReactJavaScript framework that simply the development of advanced applications.
DHIS2 APIApplication Programming Interface (API) that is used to access, create, and manipulate the data structure within a DHIS2 instance (e.g., get, update, or create data elements, indicators, reports, user info from DHIS2 instance).
DHIS2 application development platformSimplifies the development of DHIS2 apps by providing commonly used functionality already implemented so you can limit your development work to the aspects that make your app specific.
Overview of some languages and technologies of focus in this course.

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