Marc Rochkind

Using JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS to Build Your First Chrome App

Date: This event took place live on November 14 2014

Presented by: Marc Rochkind

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Cost: Free

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Even if you have minimal JavaScript experience, you can create powerful Google Chrome Apps with conventional HTML web technologies.

In this webcast you will learn:

  • What is a Chrome App (as opposed to a web app or a Chrome Extension)
  • Essential parts of a Chrome App: event page, manifest, HTML, and JavaScript
  • Tools for building, testing, and deploying a Chrome App
  • Structuring an example Chrome App that's a simple text editor
  • Opening, reading, writing, and saving text files

About Marc Rochkind

Marc Rochkind has an MS in Computer Science (Rutgers, 1976) and worked for Bell Labs from 1970 to 1982, much of that time on parts of UNIX, especially the Source Code Control System, for which he is well known. His 1985 book, Advanced UNIX Programming, was the first book that explained how to program the UNIX kernel. Since leaving Bell Labs in 1982, he has had several management and non-management positions in various software companies and done lots of consulting. He started a venture-capital-backed company, XVT Software, in 1988, that provided tools to allow programmers to develop portable GUI applications—the first such tool. Later, he was the VP of Software at two venture-capital-backed companies, one with an employee-scheduling product, and one with an online-knowledge-base product.

He has written four computer-related books:

  • Expert PHP and MySQL: Application Design and Development (Apress, 2013)
  • Advanced UNIX Programming, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2004)
  • Advanced C Programming for Displays (Prentice-Hall, 1988)
  • Advanced UNIX Programming (Prentice-Hall, 1985)

Currently he develops iOS, MacOS, and Windows apps (listed at, does some consulting, and writes books, both fiction and non-fiction.