Web Technologies

Level: Bachelor
Semester: 1st Semester (September - December)
Language: English
Teacher: Beat Signer
Assistant(s): Maxim Van de Wynckel
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, I.2.02
Exercises: Tuesday, 16:00-18:00, E.1.03 and Friday, 16:00-18:00, E.1.02
Note that in the first week there will be no exercise sessions.

Covid-19 Update

Please find the latest information with respect to the current Covid-19 measures on https://we.vub.ac.be/nl/organisatie-academiejaar-2020-2021. Note that we might have to adapt the form of the lectures/exercises during the semester but will will always information you about any potential changes via Canvas.

 

Lecture Schedule

Note that these slides are updated during the semester and therefore some of the slides might still be from last year. For the latest version always check the slides that are available on Canvas.

Lecture 1:  Introduction

 

Lecture 2:  Web Architectures

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

 

Lecture 3:  HTML5 and the Open Web Platform

  • HTML and DOM
  • HTML5 and the Open Web Platform

 

Lecture 4:  Web Application Frameworks

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

 

Lecture 5:  CSS3 and Responsive Web Design

 

Lecture 6:  JavaScript and jQuery

 

Lecture 7:  XML and Related Technologies

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

 

Lecture 8:  Web 2.0 Patterns and Technologies

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

 

Lecture 9:  Semantic Web and Web 3.0

  • RDF, RDFS and SPARQL
  • OWL
  • Linked Data
  • Semantic Web Applications

 

Lecture 10:  Web Search and SEO

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

 

Lecture 11:  Security, Privacy and Trust

  • Authenticity
  • Cryptography
  • Web Logging and User Profiling

 

Lecture 12:  Future Trends and Review

Lecture 13: Final Project Presentations