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Harvard Extension School's Computer Science E-75: Building Dynamic Websites

By David J. Malan

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Today's websites are increasingly dynamic. Pages are no longer static HTML files but instead generated by scripts and database calls. User interfaces are more seamless, with technologies like Ajax replacing traditional page reloads. This course teaches students how to build dynamic websites with Ajax and with Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP), one of today's most popular frameworks. Students learn how to set up domain names with DNS, how to structure pages with XHTML and CSS, how to program in JavaScript and PHP, how to configure Apache and MySQL, how to design and query databases with SQL, how to use Ajax with both XML and JSON, and how to build mashups. The course explores issues of security, scalability, and cross-browser support and also discusses enterprise-level deployments of websites, including third-party hosting, virtualization, colocation in data centers, firewalling, and load-balancing.

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Really Brilliant E-75 Videos

David J Malan is an especially good lecturer. He imparts his knowledge clearly, at an enjoyable pace and with great enthusiasm. Unlike most, he adds interesting details and demos en-route and answers questions with sufficient detail. Just now, hearing some of his Introduction to IT & The Internet video as well, reminded me of the same techniques I used a decade or so ago. Encouraging students to split open floppy disks, doubling your neighbour's decimal value to convert a binary number, etc. were great ways to demonstrate basic principles at that level. I'd love to see some more advanced dynamic website or media development videos and tutorials. Many Thanks

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