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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Developing Internet Applications
Module Code CA229
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: John McKenna
Semester 2: John McKenna
Autumn: John McKenna
Module TeachersJohn McKenna
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module covers the process of designing, creating and deploying an internet application. Students will look at the various components necessary to develop an internet application including, but not limited to: 1. The hardware/software on which the application runs; 2. The software stack necessary to build and execute the application; 3. Issues of performance and security which must be considered in the case of internet applications.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the differences between developing internet applications and stand-alone desktop or mobile equivalents.
2. evaluate, select and use appropriate frameworks for Internet application development
3. Install and tailor sample open source web packages for use in developing internet applications.
4. Develop internet applications based on relevant technologies
5. Deploy an internet application.
6. analyse possible security threats to internet appplications

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Laboratory12No Description
Assignment Completion35No Description
Independent Study54No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Internet Applications
What is an Internet Application? What are the hardware and software tools needed to build an internet application? the unique space occupied by internet applications in the development landscape.

Setting up the build environment
Creating a virtual machine Creating a local server on a laptop Testing the setup to ensure proper operation

Designing and deploying the database
Looking at relational and no-SQL databases. Advantages and disadvantages of each. why choose one over the other? Deploying the database to the development server Choosing test data with which to populate the database

Designing the User Interface
HTML CSS and Javascript revisited What UI frameworks should I use? Accessibility considerations

Linking the UI to the Database
Designing the back-end of the application. how to make sure your data gets to and from the user in a manner which is secure and consistent.

Publishing the Internet Application
Moving from a development server to the live one. Testing on the live server

Security and Performance
common security attacks and how to prevent them - correct server configuration, proper coding standards etc. Improving performance in terms of Javascript and CSS optimisation etc.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Laboratory PortfolioSet up a development environment and test its operation5%n/a
PresentationInstall and tailor an open source web package15%
AssignmentDesign a full-stack internet application25%n/a
Loop Quizn/a5%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Date of Last Revision19-OCT-09

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