Fundamentals of Web Development

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Author: Randy Connolly, Ricardo Hoar
Pub Date: 2015
ISBN: 978-0-13-340715-0
Pages: 1024
Language: English
Format: PDF
Size: 103 Mb

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Fundamentals of Web Development covers the broad range of topics required for modern web development (both client- and server-side) and is appropriate for students who have taken a CS1 course sequence.
The book guides students through the creation of enterprise-quality websites using current development frameworks, its comprehensive coverage of a modern internet development platform includes HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, and the LAMP stack (that is, Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP). Other important technologies covered include jQuery, XML, WordPress, Bootstrap, and a variety of third-party APIs that include Facebook, Twitter, and Google and Bing Maps. Coverage also includes the required ACM web development topics in a modern manner closely aligned with best practices in the real world of web development.
Teaching and Learning Experience
– Help students master the fundamentals of web development: A true grasp of web development requires an understanding of both the foundations of the web and current web development practices.
– Support learning outcomes in various teaching scenario: This book allows instructors to chart their own unique way through the topics that make up contemporary web development.

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Despite this universality, we could not find a suitable textbook for these courses that addressed both the theoretical underpinnings of the web together with modern web development practices. Complaints about this lack of breadth and depth have been well documented in published accounts in the computing education research literature. Although there are a number of introductory textbooks devoted to HTML and CSS, and, of course, an incredibly large number of trade books focused on specific web technologies, many of these are largely unsuitable for computing major students. Rather than illustrating how to create simple pages using HTML and JavaScript with very basic server-side capabilities, we believed that instructors increasingly need a textbook that guides students through the development of realistic, enterprise-quality web applications using contemporary Internet development platforms and frameworks.

This book is intended to fill this need. It covers the required ACM web development topics in a modern manner that is closely aligned with contemporary best practices in the real world of web development. It is based on our experience teaching a variety of different web development courses since 1997, our working professionally in the web development industry, our research in published accounts in the
computing education literature, and in our corresponding with colleagues across the world. We hope that you find that this book does indeed satisfy your requirements for a web development textbook!

A book of this scale and scope incurs many debts of gratitude. We are first and foremost exceptionally grateful to Matt Goldstein, the Acquisitions Editor at Pearson, who championed the book and guided the overall process of bringing the book to market. Joan Murray and Shannon Bailey from Pearson played crucial roles in getting the initial prospectus considered. Kayla Smith-Tarbox was the Program Manager and ably handled the very tricky job of coordinating between the writers and the production team. Scott Disanno and Jenah Blitz-Soehr at Pearson also contributed in the early stages. We would like to thank Hardik Popli and his team at Cenveo Publisher Services for the work they did on the post-production side. We would also like to thank Margaret Berson, proofreader, who made sure that the words and illustrations actually work to tell a story that makes sense.

Reviewers help ensure that a textbook reflects more than just the authors’ perspective. We were truly blessed in having two extraordinary reviewers: Jordan Pratt of Mount Royal University and Jamel Schiller of University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, who carefully examined every single chapter.

There are many others who helped guide our thinking, provided suggestions, or made our administrative and teaching duties somewhat less onerous. While we cannot thank everyone, we are grateful to Mount Royal University for granting a semester break for one of the authors, Peter Alston (now at the University of Liverpool) and his colleagues at Edge Hill University for hosting one of the authors for an important week early in the book’s composition, and Amber Settle of De Paul University, who provided invaluable feedback on an early paper in which the rationale for the textbook was first hatched. Our long-time colleagues Paul Pospisil and Charles Hepler provided very helpful diversions
from web development, which were always appreciated. And of course we would like to acknowledge all our students who have improved our insight and who acted as nonvoluntary guinea pigs in the evolution of our thinking on teaching web development.

From its earliest inception in May of 2012 all the way to its conclusion in the early months of 2014, Dr. Janet Miller provided incredible and overwhelming encouragement, understanding, and feedback for which Randy Connolly will be always grateful. Joanne Hoar, an M.Sc. in computer science, made this book possible for Ricardo Hoar with continuous emotional support and professional feedback, all while
maintaining a stable household for their three children under the age of 4 (and looking beautiful the whole time). Finally, we want to thank our children, Alexander Connolly, Benjamin Connolly, Archimedes Hoar, Curia Hoar, and Hypatia Hoar, who saw less of their fathers during this time but were always on our minds.