MET CS 701 A1-- Advanced Web Application Development


Suresh Kalathur, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Dept.
Boston Univeristy Metropolitan College
808 Commonwealth Ave, Room 250
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-358-0006
Fax: 617-353-2367

Course Description

The Advanced Web Application Development course builds upon its predecessor (MET CS601) and concentrates primarily on building rich client web applications in the browser. The course is divided into various modules covering in depth the following technologies: Flash & Flex 3 (Adobe), AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML), GWT (Google Web Toolkit), Silverlight/WPF (Microsoft), and JavaFX . Along with the fundamentals underlying these technologies, several applications will be showcased as case studies. Students work with these technologies starting with simple applications and then examining real world complex applications. At the end of this course, students would have mastered the latest  and widely used Web application development methodologies.

Course Grading Policy

The course grade will be based on active class participation and quizzes (10%), programming assignments (30%), mid term exam (30%), and a final project and presentation (30%). Assignments and projects are expected to be submitted by their respective due dates. Late submission grades will be scaled with respect to the minimum grade of those submitted on time.

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Student Conduct Code

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Tentative Course Schedule

Module 1 (Introduction)
-- Overview, Rich Internet Applications, Rich Client Frameworks
-- Flash & Flex Builder, AJAX, Google Web Toolkit, Silverlight & WPF
-- JavaFX
Week 1
Module 2 (Flex)
-- Flex Programming elements
-- MXML, ActionScript, Events, Data Access
-- User Interface Components, Custom Components
-- Application Design, Development, and Deployment
-- Sample Applications
Weeks 2, 3, 4
Module 3 (Google Web Toolkit)
-- JavaScript & AJAX Review
-- User Interface Library (Widgets and Panels)
-- Server Integration Techniques
-- Effectively using the Toolkit, Internationalization
Weeks 5, 6
Mid Term Exam
Module 4 (Silverlight & WPF)
-- XAML and C#
-- Layout, Dependency Properties
-- Elements, Application Model, Events and event handling
-- Shapes, geometries, transformations
-- Animation, Sound, Video
-- Data Binding, Multithreading, Networking
-- Sample Applications
Weeks 8, 9, 10, 11
Module 5 (JavaFX)
-- Script Programming elements
-- Scene graphs
-- User Interface Components
-- Sample Applications
Week 12
Final Project Presentation