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CS174Fall 2006Sec2& Sec3Home Page/Syllabus

Server Web Progammming

Instructor: Chris Pollett
Office: MH 214
Phone Number: (408) 924 5145
Office Hours:MW 4:30pm-7:00pm
Class Meets:
Sec2 MW 1:30pm-2:45pm in MH222
Sec3 MW 3:00pm-4:15pm in MH222


To take this class you must have taken: CS46B with a grade of C- or better.

Texts and Links

Required Texts: Programming the World Wide Web (3rd ed.). by Robert W. Sebesta
Online References and Other Links: Java 5 API Specification.
Apache Webserver Site.
PHP Manual.
Perl Manual.
AppServ (Easy to install server set-up).

Topics and Outcomes

This class is designed for potential web server programmers. It begins with a quick overview of HTTP and common webservers. HTML, XML, Javascript and the document object model are then introduced. The development of CGI applications in several programming languages is then presented. This includes middle tier design patterns. The development of websites which interact with databases either through traditional means or using a lightweight technology such as AJAX will be discussed. By the end of this course, a student should be able to: (1) Write validating HTML documents employing CSS and containing standard HTML elements including forms, tables, and client-side scripts. (2) Write server-side scripts in Java, PHP, and Perl. (3) Write XML schemas, XML stylesheets, DTDs, and conforming XML documents. (4) Write server-side scripts that process HTML forms. (5) Write client-side scripts which validate forms. (6) Develop and deploy web applications that involve components, web services, and databases.

Below is a tentative time table for when we'll do things this quarter:

Week 1: Aug 23 Read Ch 1.1 - 1.6.
Week 2: Aug 28, Aug 30 Finish Ch1, Ch2.
Week 3: Sep 4(Holiday), Sep 6 Read Ch 3.
Week 4: Sep 11, Sep 13 Read Ch 4.
Week 5: Sep 18, Sep 20 Read Ch 5.
Week 6: Sep 25, Sep 27 Read Ch 6.
Week 7: Oct 2, Oct 4 Review.
Week 8: Oct 9, Oct 11 Read Ch 8.
Week 9: Oct 16, Oct 18 Read 14.1- 14.4. Will discuss AJAX in class.
Week 10: Oct 23 , Oct 25 Read Ch 9.
Week 11: Oct 30, Nov 1 Read Ch 10.
Week 12: Nov 6, Nov 8 Read Ch 11.
Week 13: Nov 13, Nov 15 Review.
Week 14: Nov 20, Nov 22 Read Ch 12.
Week 15: Nov 29, Dec 1 Read Ch 13.
Week 16: Dec 4, Dec 6 Finish Ch14. Review.
The final will be Tuesday, Dec 12 from 12:15pm to 2:30pm for Sec2 and Thursday, Dec 14 from 12:15pm to 2:30pm for Sec3


Homeworks 40%
Midterm 1 15%
Midterm 2 15%
Final 30%

Grades will be calculated in the following manner: The person or persons with the highest aggregate score will receive an A+. A score of 55 will be the cut-off for a C-. The region between this high and low score will be divided into eight equal-sized regions. From the top region to the low region, a score falling within a region receives the grade: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-. If the boundary between an A and an A- is 85, then the score 85 counts as an A-. Scores below 55 but above 50 receive the grade D. Those below 50 receive the grade F.

If you do better than an A- in this class and want me to write you a letter of recommendation, I will generally be willing provided you ask me within two years of taking my course. Be advised that I write better letters if I know you to some degree.

Homework Info

Links to the current list of assignments can be found on the left hand frame of the class homepage. After an assignment has been returned a link to its solution (based on the best student solutions) will be placed off the assignment page. Material from assignments may appear on midterms and finals. For homeworks you are encouraged to work in groups of up to three people. Only one person out of this group needs to submit the homework assignment; however, the members of the group need to be clearly identified in all submitted files. Homeworks for this class will be submitted and returned completely electronically. To submit an assignment click on the submit homework link for your section on the left hand side of the homepage and filling out the on-line form. Hardcopies or e-mail versions of your assignments will be rejected and not receive credit. Homeworks will always be due by the start of class on the day their due. Late homeworks will not be accepted; however, your low homework score will be dropped.

For this class, I expect each student to have available a laptop with the Apache webserver installed. Your laptop will be used whenever you want to show me something in my office concerning one of your projects.

When doing the programming part of an assignment please make sure to adhere to the specification given as closely as possible. Names of files should be as given, etc. Failure to follow the specification may result in your homework not being graded and you receiving a zero for your work.


The midterms will be during class time on: Oct 4 and Nov 15.

The final will be: Tuesday, Dec 12 from 12:15pm to 2:30pm for Sec2 and Thursday, Dec 14 from 12:15pm to 2:30pm for Sec3.

All exams are closed book, closed notes and in this classroom. You will be allowed only the test and your pen or pencil on your desk during these exams. Beeper or cell-phone interruptions will result in immediate excusal from the test. The final will cover material from the whole quarter although there will be an emphasis on material after the last midterm. No make ups will be given. The final exam may be scaled to replace a midterm grade if it was missed under provably legitimate circumstances. These exams will test whether or not you have mastered the material both presented in class or assigned as homework during the quarter. My exams usually consist of a series of essay style questions. I try to avoid making tricky problems. The week before each exam I will give out a list of problems representative of the level of difficulty of problems the student will be expected to answer on the exam. Any disputes concerning grades on exams should be directed to me, Professor Pollett.


If you believe an error was made in the grading of your program or exam, you may request in person a regrade from me, Professor Pollett, during my office hours. I do not accept e-mail requests for regrades. A request for a regrade must be made no more than a week after the homework or a midterm is returned. If you cannot find me before the end of the semester and you would like to request a regrade of your final, you may see me in person at the start of the immediately following semester.

Academic Honesty

Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University, and the University's Academic Integrity Policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The policy on academic integrity can be found at

Specifically, for this class, you should obviously not cheat on tests. For homeworks, you should not discuss or share code or problem solutions between groups! At a minimum a 0 on the assignment or test will be given. A student caught using resources like Rent-a-coder will receive an F for the course and be referred to University for disciplinary action.

Additional Policies and Procedures

The campus policy to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is:
"If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities register with DRC to establish a record of their disability."

More information about SJSU policies and procedures can be found at the following links: