Rich Internet Apps with Ajax, jQuery, & Java

September 23-27 2013, JHU Dorsey Center, Elkridge MD
Co-Sponsored by Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals

This class is now over. Next public version is tentatively set for summer or fall 2015 at the same Johns Hopkins location in Maryland. In the meantime, please contact for information on a customized onsite version at your location. Lower price, more convenient for your developers, and customizable content. Full-day courses can be held at any location worldwide, but for clients in the Baltimore/Washington area, late afternoon, evening, or weekend sessions can also be arranged.

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Ajax logo This page describes the public (open enrollment) training course on Ajax with jQuery and Java to be held at in Elkridge, MD (co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program). The entire course is personally developed and taught by leading Java developer, speaker, and author Marty Hall. No contract instructor regurgitating someone else's materials! Marty has taught Java technology courses onsite for dozens of organizations in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Norway, Puerto Rico, India, Cambodia, and the Philippines, all to rave reviews.

If you are looking for customized training courses on Java 7 or 8, JSF 2, PrimeFaces, Android, Ajax, jQuery, Hadoop (and Hadoop cerfication), GWT, Spring, Hibernate, Servlets, JSP, HTML5, or RESTful Web Services taught on-site at your company, please see this page.

Register Early! Five of Marty's previous public short courses were full, so reserve your spot today. Registrations are taken in the order they are received.

Course Overview

"Ajax" designates the set of techniques that enable Web applications to asynchronously update small portions of the pages based on server-side data. First popularized by Google, these techniques are now being widely applied in Web applications, and increase the performance, flexibility, richness, and interactivity of Web sites and Web-based applications. However, Ajax programming is complex and poorly understood. This course gives a practical, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of Ajax development. It covers foundational topics like JavaScript programming, core Ajax approaches, XML and JSON data handling, and Ajax development and debugging tools. It also covers more advanced topics like automatic JSON generation, JSON-RPC, and Ajax/JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery, Prototype, and Scriptaculous (with particular emphasis on jQuery). In each section, it gives details on the most important topics, surveys more advanced or lesser-used topics, stresses best practices, and gives plenty of working examples. Each section is followed by a series of hands-on exercises to reinforce the concepts. There are a choice of exercises of varying complexity so as to accommodate developers with various levels of expertise and previous experience.

Marty normally runs on-site training courses at customer locations. This is easier administratively, is better for clients since the topics and schedule can be customized, and is more cost effective for students since no travel is required. However, due to demand from those who do not have enough students for an on-site course, Marty will be a running public (open enrollment) Ajax training course September 10-14 at the Johns Hopkins Dorsey Center in Elkridge MD.

The course is developed and taught by Marty Hall, an experienced developer, award-winning instructor, popular conference speaker (5 times at JavaOne), and author of several bestselling Java books.

About the Instructor

Marty and Gosling @ Marty's car

Marty & Java inventor James Gosling at Marty's car.

Marty Hall is the author of six popular Java EE books, including Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, the all-time worldwide bestselling servlet/JSP book, published in Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified Script (Mainland China), Chinese Traditional Script (Taiwan), Czech, Greek, English, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Marty is president of, a training and consulting company focusing on server-side Java technology and Rich Internet Apps with Ajax. In addition to long Java development and consulting experience, Marty has an extensive background in teaching and training, having given training courses on J2EE, JSF 2.0, GWT, and Ajax topics in Japan, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Mexico, Puerto Rico, India, Cambodia, and dozens of US venues. A popular and entertaining speaker, Marty has spoken at conferences and user groups around the world, including Comdex, the Web 2.0 Expo, the Great Indian Developer Summit, and five times at JavaOne. Marty is also adjunct faculty in the Johns Hopkins University part-time graduate program in Computer Science, where he directs the Java and Web-related concentration areas.


The course consists of an approximately equal mixture of lecture and hands-on lab time and assumes that all students have moderate-to-strong Java skills and at least a little bit of experience with Web apps in Java (servlets and/or JSP). The course does not assume any previous exposure to Ajax, nor does it presume JavaScript knowledge.


JHU/EP Logo The course will be held at the Johns Hopkins Dorsey Center in Elkridge, Maryland. This is a modern, comfortable venue with separate computers for each student, fast internet connections, and with coffee, snacks, and meals included. Class meets from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily. For students who prefer to bring their own laptops, fast wifi is available, and you can email the instructor for information on installing the class software in advance.

For Maryland residents, the location is centrally located 5 minutes from BWI airport and has plenty of free parking. For out-of-town students, there are many hotels within 1 mile.


The five-day course costs $2695 per student and includes an extensive course notebook, a commercial textbook, exercises, and exercise solutions. Free breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Compare this price to courses from Learning Tree, GlobalKnowledge, and Oracle University that cost $3500-$4200 for five-day courses and $2800-$3000 for four-day courses and that do not include textbooks or meals. Besides, those courses almost always use an unknown instructor who did not develop the course materials and often lacks significant real-world development experience.

To register, fill out and send in the course registration form. Space is limited: five previous offerings of courses were full. Bonus: Register at least two weeks in advance and get a $100 gift certificate from

Questions and More Info

  • Guinea pigs? No! Marty's courses are well-tested, having been taught in 8 countries and dozens of US venues. We don't use your developers as guinea pigs for new materials.
  • Regurgitation? No! Marty developed all his own materials. No contract instructor regurgitating memorized PowerPoint slides.
  • Green? No! Marty is an experienced developer, and is the author of 6 popular Java EE texts from Prentice Hall. The course gives best practices and real-world strategies. No newbie instructor dodging tough questions.


Course now includes expanded coverage of jQuery and jQuery UI, plus an intro to HTML5

Please note that we are working with some of the attendees to finalize the topics, and there may still be some minor changes to this curriculum. There will be three or four topics per day, presented in lecture/lab format, with the time about evenly split between the lectures and the hands-on exercises. The topics are grouped below in topical categories, not in chronological order. Also, please note the prerequisites above, where students are assumed to already have moderate-to-strong Java skills and preferably at least some experience with servlets and/or JSP.


  • Installing and running Web applications, JSP scripting,
    servlets, the MVC architecture

Foundational Topics

  • Ajax Basics: Part I
  • Ajax Development and Debugging Tools
  • Ajax Basics: Part II
  • Crash course on JavaScript: Core Syntax
  • Crash course on JavaScript: Functions and Objects
  • Crash course on JavaScript: Browser- and HTML-Specific Features
  • Crash course on JavaScript: XML Support

JavaScript/Ajax Toolkits

  • Core jQuery (3 lectures)
  • jQuery UI (2 lectures)
  • Prototype (3 lectures)
  • Scriptaculous (2 lectures)

Data-Centric Ajax and Advanced Topics
(Some of these topics will also use jQuery.)

  • Handling XML
  • Handling JSON
  • Handling variable-length Ajax data with JSTL
  • JSON generation libraries
  • HTML 5 Basics