COAP 2000 11 Introduction to Web Programming
George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology
Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Mon. 5:30–9:30 p.m.
March 16–May 4, 2015
East Academic Building 210, Webster Campus
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Instructor: Scott Granneman
- Adjunct Professor
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Webster University
- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- Professional Education Technology & Leadership Center
- Oasis Digital
- Don’t Click on the Blue E!: Switching to Firefox (O’Reilly: 2005)
- Hacking Knoppix (Wiley & Sons: 2005)
- Linux Phrasebook (Pearson: 2006)
- Podcasting with Audacity: Creating a Podcast with Free Audio Software (Prentice Hall: 2007)
- Google Apps Deciphered: Compute in the Cloud to Streamline Your Desktop (Prentice Hall: 2008)
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard for Power Users: Advanced Capabilities and Techniques (Apress: 2010)
- Linux Phrasebook (Second Edition) (Pearson: 2015)
- Contributor, Ubuntu Hacks (O’Reilly: 2006) & Microsoft Vista for IT Security Professionals (Syngress: 2007)
- Former columnist for SecurityFocus & Linux Magazine
- Former professional blogger for The Open Source Weblog
- Full list of publications
- Business Owner
- Principal, WebSanity
- Contact Info
- Mobile: 314-780-0489 (feel free to text, but please identify yourself)
- Blog: Chainsaw on a Tire Swing
- Twitter: @scottgranneman
You can also read my full CV.
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.
- Ability to implement an appropriate planning strategy for developing websites.
- Ability to produce functional, flexible, & versatile websites.
- Ability to locate, evaluate, & critically assess current & emerging technologies for developing websites.
- Possess a good working knowledge of HTML5 & CSS.
- Experience creating various small website projects.
- An awareness of the process in creating a website & the various roles needed in that process.
During most classes I will take a few minutes & discuss a mini-topic for 10 minutes or so. Some of these mini-topics include:
- Offline documentation
- Regular Expressions (RegEx)
- Backing up
- Password safes
- The best help sites
- Wolfram Alpha
- LAMP (& WAMP & MAMP)
- Git & GitHub
- Portable Apps
- Encoding email addresses
- Finding multimedia
- Formatting & beautifying code
- Minimizing code
- WYSIWYG Web tools
- Automating my Mac
- Programming fonts
- Using Word to make webpages
- Pattern libraries
- The WebSanity Toolkit
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Your grade will be based on the following factors:
- Class attendance and participation (20%): You are expected to attend class prepared to learn and discuss the topics with your fellow classmates. We may also work on in-class exercises, and you are expected to take an active part in those exercises.
- Projects (80%): We will practice HTML5 & CSS in & out of class with a series of assigned projects involving the use of these technologies. Think of them as open-book tests, since you will be allowed (heck, encouraged!) to use your class notes, websites, & any other resources you can access.
Grades will be based on an average of the above as follows:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Need my help diagnosing a problem you’re having remotely? Something won’t install, or won’t work?
- Download & install the free Jing, which works on both Mac OS X & Windows.
- Record what you’re seeing on your computer screen, up to a maximum of 5 minutes.
- Upload the resulting video to screencast.com (also free).
- Send me a link to the video.
In the email you send me, include the following information:
- What you did.
- What you thought should happen.
- What actually happened.
- Why that’s a problem.
If you’re talking about a public webpage, don’t forget to include the URL!
2015-03-16 Introductions & HTML Overview
- HTML Overview
- Recommended Software
Software for Windows, Mac OS X, & Linux users
2015-03-23 HTML Overview
- HTML Overview
- HTML Templates extension by Travis Almand
- Indentator extension by Andrew Huth
- Select Lines extension by Travis Almand
- W3CValidation extension by Raymond Camden
- Brackets Surround extension by Patrick Edelman
- Icons by Ivo Gabe de Wolff
- Better HTML Auto-Completion
- Live Preview in your default browser
"livedev.multibrowser": true,to your Preferences file
- Linking with
<a>: Stooges Project
We’ll do this in class together.
- Chartreuse No. 1
Reproduce this webpage in Brackets without viewing the source code!
- Chartreuse No. 2
- Chartreuse No. 3
- Index No. 1 & Chartreuse No. 4
- Tertiary No. 1, Index No. 2, & Chartreuse No. 5
2015-04-06 CSS Overview
- CSS Overview
- Label all DOM objects on Chartreuse No. 5
We will do this in class together.
- CSS No. 1
- CSS No. 2: The Cascade
- CSS Class Code Hint by growlscript
2015-04-13 CSS Typography
- CSS Data Types
- CSS Typography
- Embedding Fonts
- Colostomo Home Page
Reproduce this page without looking at the source code.
- Boor-ing Email
2015-04-20 CSS & Tables & Lists
- Tables & Lists
2015-04-27 Forms & Media-Specific Styles
- Media-Specific Styles
2015-05-04 Responsive Web Design with Bootstrap & Finals
- Responsive Web Design: Sidebar Page
An introductory assignment for learning Responsive Web Design with Twitter Bootstrap.
Follow the instructions at Colostomo Website & hand it in.