Teaching Web Development
This fall, I’m teaching CS 3320, Internet Software Development. The class hasn’t been offered for a while, and students seem quite excited to take it (it’s currently maxed out with a full waitlist).
Since this is the first time in a while that this class has run, I’m recreating it from scratch. You can check out the course web site here, including the syllabus and list of resources; I expect that I’ll also be publishing assignments and lecture notes there as the semester progresses.
One of the big tasks in getting this ready has been selecting a tech stack. There’s just so many to choose from! Three primary goals have driven my decisions:
- Minimize the number of distinct technologies, particularly languages, that students have to learn in order to gain this experience.
- Don’t layer too much magic on top of the underlying infrastructure (e.g. HTTP and HTML), so that students can gain a good conceptual understanding of how things work.