Web Programming Video Lectures
November 2015 (perspective of an assistant professor)
Here are 11 video lectures walking through basic web programming concepts. These were recorded in an undergraduate course called Principles of Web Application Development that I taught in Fall 2015 at the University of Rochester. For pedagogical reasons, I've purposely covered only the basics using bare-bones technology rather than relying on fancy modern frameworks, which quickly grow outdated.
Here are 11 lectures walking through basic web programming concepts, recorded in an undergraduate course called Principles of Web Application Development that I taught in Fall 2015 at the University of Rochester.
Just like in CPython internals: A ten-hour codewalk through the Python interpreter source code, these videos are meant as a reference, not as a shining exemplar of high production value. If I had infinitely more time, I would edit these videos into 5- to 10-minute chunks. More importantly, I would've gone back in time and planned my lectures to maximize “video chunkability” ... and used a better microphone ... and added in-situ quiz questions ... and made them more interactive. But in the spirit of CRAPL, I just recorded my lectures using Camtasia on an MS Surface Pro 3 tablet and put up the unedited raw videos.
For pedagogical reasons, I cover only the basics of web programming using bare-bones technology rather than relying on fancy modern frameworks, which quickly grow outdated.
Here we go! The course was split into three acts: Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and “Web 3.0”. Each lecture is listed alongside readings that are related to the concepts covered in that day's class:
Web 1.0: Webpages as documents (1990–2004)
Lecture 1: Welcome! HTML and CSS
Lecture 2: HTTP-based Web servers
Lecture 3: Web 1.0-style server-side scripting
Lecture 4: Persistent data storage
Lecture 5: Basic user accounts and login sessions
Web 2.0: Websites as applications (2004–2010)
Lecture 7: Web 2.0-style Ajax client-server interactions
Lecture 8: Browser-based local state storage
Sorry, this lecture video is not available since I forgot to record in class that day, ergh :(
“Web 3.0”: Toward a composable, real-time Web (2010–2015)
Lecture 9: Web services and REST APIs
Lecture 10: Real-time bidirectional communication with WebSockets and socket.io
Lecture 11: Web application frameworks – Node.js and Express
Lecture 12: Web application frameworks (continued) and course recap
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Last modified: 2016-12-25