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web programming course (COMPSCI 326, UMass Amherst)

COMPSCI 326 Web Programming

Spring 2020

Professor Emery Berger

Course Overview

The web is arguably today’s most important application platform. Web browsers run on practically every device, and even many phone applications are in fact web applications under the covers. This course will cover a broad range of client-side web technologies, including HTTP itself, HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript; it will additionally cover key concepts for the server side of web applications, including key value stores and SQL servers. This course will also cover key concepts and technologies including AJAX, JavaScript libraries (e.g., jQuery), and web security. This course is hands-on and heavily project-based; students will construct a substantial dynamic web application based on the concepts, technologies, and techniques presented during lectures and in readings. This course satisfies the IE Requirement.

Required Text

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Course Development Environment

Given that this is a programming intensive course, it is important to highlight the development environment! Generally, most of what we cover in this course is available on all the typical operating systems. However, the team project allows you to explore additional environments that may have specific OS requirements. You are welcome to use those additional libraries/tools; however, you will not receive direct support for what you use. It is your responsibility for the installation, setup, and use of those additional components. You are welcome to use any editor, IDE, or tools to explore this material.

We strongly recommend that you use Visual Studio Code.

Other Material

It is assumed that you have a computer to use for assignments in this course. It is highly recommended that you get a Dropbox account (or other file synching service) or USB memory stick to save files that you create for assignments. There are no excuses for missing or accidental deletion of work.

Note: you may only use GitHub for storing your work on individual assignments if you are using a private repository. Use of public repositories to store assignment solutions on github is considered cheating and will result in a failure for this course.

You are welcome to store and share your team project work on a public repo!