Net-centric computing encompasses numerous technologies but is based on a few underlying principles. This course covers these principles in general and examines a representative subset of the prevailing technologies. Topics include network programming; web applications; database connectivity; content representation and presentation; and client-side programming.
Detailed topics list:
• Network programming
- Overview of the Protocol Stack
- Creating sockets
- The HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol) standard
- Multi-tier architectures
• Web programming
- The CGI (common gateway interface) protocol
- Server-side scripting, e.g. Perl, PHP, Ruby, Python
- XHTML and Forms
- Session management
- Database connectivity
• Content representation and presentation
- XML (extensible markup language) and XML Schemas
- XML Parsing and DOM (document object model)
- XSL (extensible stylesheet language) and XPATH
- Content Presentation via XHTML and CSS (cascading stylesheets)
• Client-side programming
- Host objects, DOM, and events
• The Future of the Web
- Service-Oriented Computing
- Web Modelling
Security related issues, such as packet sniffing, denial of service, SQL injection, and phishing, will be covered throughout.
Expected Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course the student will be expected to demonstrate abilities to:
• Build applications out of pieces running on different platforms and communicating through sessions
• Recognize the separate concerns of content generation, transfer, and presentation, and identify the technologies appropriate for each.
• Embed rich interactive applications in a universal client.
Prerequisites: General prerequisites
Course Credit Exclusions: ITEC3020 3.00