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  • 1. Introduction to Web Development Course January 2008
  • 2. Introduction to Course
    • Lecturer: Dr. James Carswell
      • Office: 2-004
      • Email: [email_address]
      • Phone: 402-3264
    • Course schedule
      • 2x1 hour lectures + 2 hour Lab
        • Class: Tues. 6-8pm, room 4031, door code 3789X
        • Lab: Tues. 8-10pm, room 4031
        • All notes/labs can be found at: www.dmc.dit.ie/dynamicweb2008/
    • Lab Instructor: James Lanagan
      • Email: [email_address]
  • 3. Module Assessment
    • 25% weighting for the 6 labs
      • Labs are due the day before next scheduled class (i.e. every Monday)
        • Late labs will not be graded
        • Labs marked out of 10
        • 7 marks for doing what is asked + 3 marks for showing initiative!
        • ZIP all files and name zip file: “ lastname -lab x .zip ” and email to: [email_address]
    • 25% weighting for midterm exam ( March 11 during class & lab )
    • 50% weighting for final project ( due May 9 )
    • Grades are scaled as follows:
      • 90-100 = 1 st = “A”
      • 75-90 = 2.1 = “B”
      • 60-75 = 2.2 = “C”
      • 50-60 = pass = “D”
  • 4. Course Aim
    • To provide an introduction to the technologies used for client-side web development using popular markup languages such as HTML, XHTML.
      • XHTML stands for EXtensible HyperText Markup Language
      • XHTML is aimed to replace HTML
      • XHTML is almost identical to HTML 4.01
      • XHTML is a stricter and cleaner version of HTML
      • XHTML is HTML defined as an XML application
    • To be able to design the appearance of a webpage independently of the content using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) .
      • Separates content of HTML documents from the document's presentation layout.
    • To be able to create, connect to, and query a MySQL database, and generate a webpage dynamically with PHP (hypertext pre-processor)
      • PHP is an HTML embedded scripting (programming) language
      • PHP is a server-side technology - everything PHP does occurs on the server
    • Term project to produce dynamic website like: http:// www.ireland.com /
  • 5. Learning Approach
    • The most effective way to learn a web technology is to implement “systems” using those technologies
      • i.e. hands-on programming
      • Expect 2hrs of homework time (minimum) for each 1hr of class time
    • Lecture time will be used to provide a high level introduction to a given technology, with some of its practical implementation treated in more detail.
    • Expectation is for students to develop their skills independently of the presence of a tutor or lecturer through individual “trial-and-error” development work.
  • 6. Module Overview
    • HTML
    • Advanced HTML/XHTML – tables, forms
    • CSS
    • more CSS
    • MySQL Database
    • PHP
  • 7. References
    • Steven M. Schafer (2005), HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Perl, and PHP Programmer's Reference , Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
    • Christopher Schmitt (2003), Designing CSS Web Pages, New Riders
    • Larry Ullman (2005), PHP and Mysql for Dynamic Web Sites, Peachpitt Press
    • Dan Cederholm (2005), Bulletproof Web Design: Improving Flexibility and Protecting Against Worst-Case Scenarios with XHTML and CSS , New Riders.
    • Ibrahim Zeid (2004), Mastering the Internet, XHTML, and Javascript
    • http://www.w3.org/
    • http://www.w3schools.com/