Fall 2015: Web Development Syllabus

COAP 2000.01 & 2000.02 Introduction to Web Programming

Webster University
George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology
Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science

Fall 2015
01: Tu–Th 10–11:20 a.m.
02: Tu–Th Noon–1:20 p.m.
August 25–December 17 2015
East Academic Building 210, Webster Campus

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    Instructor: Scott Granneman

    You can also read my full CV.

    Course Description

    Introduction to Web Programming (formerly titled XHTML Programming). HTML is the programming language used to develop home pages on the Internet. This course covers the most current tools available for developing HTML documents and posting pages on the World Wide Web. This course covers the basics of HTML5.

    What You're Going to Learn

    Basically, HTML5 & CSS & how to put them together correctly to create a website.

    Learning Outcomes

    Mini-Topics

    During most classes I will take a few minutes & discuss a mini-topic for 10 minutes or so. Some of these mini-topics include:

    • Snippets
    • Offline documentation
    • Regular Expressions (RegEx)
    • Simplenote
    • OpenDNS
    • Backing up
    • Password safes
    • RSS
    • The best help sites
    • Ebooks
    • Markdown
    • Wolfram Alpha
    • Cookies
    • LAMP (& WAMP & MAMP)
    • Git & GitHub
    • Portable Apps
    • Encoding email addresses
    • SEO
    • Finding multimedia
    • AJAX
    • Formatting & beautifying code
    • Minimizing code
    • WYSIWYG Web tools
    • Automating my Mac
    • Programming fonts
    • Using Word to make webpages
    • Pattern libraries
    • The WebSanity Toolkit
    • jQuery

    Requirements

    Texts

    There are no required books. Readings will consist of articles, analyses, & ephemera from the Internet. Virtually everything you need can be accessed via my website; however, when it's appropriate I will recommend books useful for further study & reference.

    OK, if you just have to kill a tree, I highly recommend Jon Duckett's HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites. But it's not required.

    Jon Duckett’s JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development is also very good if you want to learn JavaScript.

    Tasks

    In order to participate fully in this class, you need to sign up with GranneClass, an email discussion group hosted by Yahoo Groups (note that you do not need a Yahoo account!).

    To subscribe, send an email with a short sentence explaining who you are to granneclass-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. To send and receive email, you do NOT need to be a Yahoo member.

    To view archived messages, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/granneclass; note, though, that you must be a Yahoo member (which is free and relatively painless) to use the group on the Web.

    Please note that my Web development course at Washington University also uses GranneClass. Cross-pollination is a good thing in nature; I think it will be a good thing in this case as well. If a message is meant for students at a particular university, however, I will preface the subject with either "WASH U" or "WEBSTER" to indicate to whom it is directed.

    Grading

    Your grade will be based on the following factors:

    Grades will be based on an average of the above as follows:

    100 A+
    94-99 A
    89-93 A-
    86-88 B+
    83-85 B
    79-82 B-
    76-78 C+
    73-75 C
    69-72 C-
    66-68 D+
    63-65 D
    59-62 D-
    0-58 F

    Policies

    Accommodation of Disabilities

    Webster University is committed to providing accommodations and/or services to students with documented disabilities. If you have registered as a student with a documented disability and are entitled to classroom or testing accommodations, please inform me at the beginning of the course.

    Drops and Withdrawals

    The Drop/Add & Withdrawal dates are listed each semester on the University website, in the University catalog, & in the Course Description book. If the course is dropped within the Drop/Add period, no notation of the course will appear on the student’s transcript. Withdrawals that take place after the published Drop date will result in the dreaded “W” appearing on the student’s transcript.

    Privacy

    Some random student assignments or projects may be retained by the University for the purpose of academic assessment as it relates to student learning outcomes. In addition, I may keep some assignments to show future students. In those cases, the student’s name and all identifying information about the student will be removed from the assignment or project.

    Academic Integrity

    This course will follow Webster University’s policies concerning academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty will result in failure for the assignment in question & referral to the appropriate individuals, who have discretion to impose a stricter penalty.

    While academic dishonesty includes cheating on exams and quizzes, it also includes plagiarism in written assignments. Plagiarism is not only passing off someone else’s work as your own, but also giving your work to someone else to pass off as their own. It also includes submitting work from another course. While I strongly encourage you to discuss your work with each other in and out of class, and while you may research issues together, your work should be your own.

    Any papers you submit must be your work alone, and must include citations to all references in your work. Please include the URL, or Web address, for articles and resources found on the Internet.

    If you have any questions about academic integrity, please bring them to me before you do anything that may jeopardize your grades, your education, & your future!

    Distractions

    I have no problem with students using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone during class for academic purposes; in fact, I would do the same thing. However, please do not use your personal device (or the computer on your desk) during class to conduct personal business such as Facebook, email, or IMing. This reduces your concentration & participation and distracts others around you. Repeated distractions will reduce your grade for the course. Please do what you need to do to keep cell phone distractions at a minimum.

    Netiquette

    It is paramount that we respect each other online in our email listserv. Follow this simple rule: disagree with the idea, but not the person. In other words, it’s OK to say “That’s a bad idea, because …”, and it’s not OK to say “You’re a bad/stupid/inconsiderate person, because …”. If you have an issue with a classmate’s behavior online, please bring it to me privately by emailing me at scott at granneman dot com. If you’d like to find out more, please feel free to read The Core Rules of Netiquette, by Virginia Shea.

    Tech Support

    Need my help diagnosing a problem you’re having remotely? Something won’t install, or won’t work?

    1. Download & install the free Jing, which works on both Mac OS X & Windows.
    2. Record what you’re seeing on your computer screen, up to a maximum of 5 minutes.
    3. Upload the resulting video to screencast.com (also free).
    4. Send me a link to the video.

    In the email you send me, include the following information:

    1. What you did.
    2. What you thought should happen.
    3. What actually happened.
    4. Why that’s a problem.

    If you’re talking about a public webpage, don’t forget to include the URL!

    Tentative Schedule

    2015-08-25 Introductions

    Scott: An Intro

    Scott. Jans. Lovecraft. An outline. Mobility.

    Web Development: The Absolute Basics

    Background. History. Browsers. Rendering engines. A simple webpage. Elements, attributes, & values.

    Tools

    2015-08-27 Web Dev Basics

    Web Development: The Absolute Basics

    Elements, attributes, & values. DTDs. Character encoding. A simple webpage, corrected. Comments. Editing tools. Templates.

    2015-09-01 HTML Overview

    Videos

    HTML Overview: Elements, Attributes, Entities

    Tools

    Assignment

    2015-09-03 HTML Overview

    Videos

    HTML Overview: Elements, Attributes, Entities

    Tools

    Assignment

    2015-09-08 HTML Overview

    Videos

    HTML Overview: Elements, Attributes, Entities

    Tools

    Assignment

    2015-09-10 HTML Overview

    Videos

    HTML Overview: Elements, Attributes, Entities

    Tools

    Assignment

    2015-09-15 HTML: linking with a

    Videos

    HTML Overview: Elements, Attributes, Entities

    Brackets

    Assignment

    2015-09-17 HTML

    Tools

    Assignment

    Catch up!

    2015-09-22 HTML

    HTML Overview: Elements, Attributes, Entities

    Assignment

    2015-09-24 HTML

    HTML Overview: Elements, Attributes, Entities

    Assignment

    2015-09-29 CSS Overview

    Videos

    CSS Overview: Selectors, Integration, Inheritance, Cascading

    Assignment

    2015-10-01 CSS Overview

    Videos

    CSS Overview: Selectors, Integration, Inheritance, Cascading

    2015-10-06 CSS Overview

    Videos

    CSS Overview: Selectors, Integration, Inheritance, Cascading

    Assignment

    2015-10-08 CSS Overview

    In-class CSS demo & grading

    2015-10-13 CSS Typography

    Videos

    CSS Data Types: One of Those Things You Have To Know

    CSS Typography: Typefaces, Fonts, & Formatting

    Assignment

    2015-10-15 CSS Typography

    Videos

    CSS Typography: Typefaces, Fonts, & Formatting

    Assignment

    2015-10-20 NO CLASS: Fall Break!

    Have fun!

    2015-10-22 NO CLASS: Fall Break!

    Have fun!

    2015-10-27 CSS Typography

    Assignment

    2015-10-29 CSS Typography

    Assignment

    2015-11-03 CSS

    Work on assignments!

    2015-11-05 Layout Methods

    Webpage Layouts: 4 Methods

    Assignment

    Bonus Materials

    Tables & Lists: Organized Data
    Videos
    Assignments

    2015-11-10 Layout Methods

    Webpage Layouts: 4 Methods

    Assignment

    2015-11-12 Layout Methods

    Webpage Layouts: 4 Methods

    Assignment

    2015-11-17 Forms

    Forms: Collecting Information in a Usable Way

    Videos

    Assignments

    2015-11-19 Forms

    Work on the assignment!

    2015-11-24 Media-Specific Styles

    Media-Specific Styles: Same HTML, Different CSS

    Videos

    Assignments

    2015-11-26 NO CLASS: Thanksgiving!

    Have fun!

    2015-12-01 Responsive Web Design with Bootstrap

    Fixed to Fluid to Responsive: Grids in Design

    Bootstrap: A Quick Introduction

    Assignment

    Files

    2015-12-03 Responsive Web Design with Bootstrap

    Work on the assignment!

    2015-12-08 Responsive Web Design with Bootstrap

    Files

    2015-12-10 Responsive Web Design with Bootstrap

    Work on the assignment!

    2015-12-15 Finals

    Final due!

    Follow the instructions at Colostomo Website & hand it in.

    2015-12-17 Finals

    Final due!

    Those who didn’t present on 2015-05-05 will go today.

    Evaluation

    WebSanity Top Secret