Web Technologies

Level: Bachelor
Semester: 1st Semester (September - December)
Language: English
Teacher: Beat Signer
Assistant(s): Ahmed K.A. Abdullah
Course Description

In this course, we investigate the origins of hypermedia and the World Wide Web and discuss current and future developments on the Web. We have a detailed look at the architecture of the Internet and various protocols such as the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). We further discuss different client and server-side issues in web architectures and have a look at the Web 2.0 and Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) as well as Web Services. The latest HTML5 developments are introduced and various XML technologies and applications are presented. JavaScript is introduced and CSS3 and its application in responsive web design are discussed. Last but not least, we learn about the Semantic Web, web search, security and privacy as well as a number of selected topics (e.g. mobile information systems). The theory is applied in various exercise sessions as well as in a web application that is developed as part of the course.

Lectures: Friday, 14:00-16:00, D.2.23
Exercises: Tuesday, 16:00-18:00, E.1.02 and Friday, 16:00-18:00, E.1.2
Note that in the first week there will be no exercise sessions.


Lecture Schedule

Week 1: Introduction


Week 2: Web Architectures

  • HTTP Protocol
  • Client-side Processing
  • Server-side Processing
  • Multi-tier Architectures


Week 3: HTML5 and the Open Web Platform

  • HTML and DOM
  • HTML5 and the Open Web Platform


Week 4: Web Application Frameworks

  • Model-View-Controller (MVC)
  • Apache Struts 2
  • Adobe Flex, Microsoft Silverlight, OpenLaszlo and Ruby on Rails, ...


Week 5: CSS3 and Responsive Web Design


Week 6: JavaScript and jQuery


Week 7: XML and Related Technologies

  • XML and XHTML
  • XML, XPointer, XPath, XSLT, XQuery and XLink
  • XIMA and VoiceXML


Week 8: Web 2.0 Patterns and Technologies

  • Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs)
  • Rich Internet Applications (RIAs)
  • AJAX
  • Mashups
  • Web Services


Week 9: Semantic Web

  • OWL
  • Linked Data
  • Semantic Web Applications


Week 10: Web Search and SEO

  • Search Engine Architectures
  • Google PageRank
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)


Week 11: Security, Privacy and Trust

  • Authenticity
  • Cryptography
  • Web Logging and User Profiling


Week 12: Future Trends and Course Review

Week 13: Final Project Presentations