This class will cover database-backed web sites and web services using
SQL and PHP as the main programming languages. You need good programming
skills and CS430/630 for SQL, or an equivalent introductory database
course covering SQL, E-R diagrams, and client programming (in C, Java or
PL/SQL). It is good to know basic HTML, including forms, but these topics
will be covered in homework. There are plenty of tutorials for HTML on the
Class meets MW 7:00-8:15 in M-3-430
Professor: Betty O'Neil (eoneil at cs.umb.edu)
Office Hours: MW 3:45-5:15 and by appointment, in S-3-169
Grader: Adit Shah (ashah at cs.umb.edu)
Note that I also teach CS436/636 Database Application Development, usually in the fall. You may take both classes if you wish. Both classes use databases for holding persistent data and use HTML5 for web UI, so there is some overlap. It's best to take cs637 before cs636, since it is easier. Here is a quick comparison of these classes:
|use Java for business logic||use PHP for business logic|
|requires Java expertise (cs310 or equivalent)||requires intermediate Java (cs210 or equivalent)|
|focus on large or enterprise sites||focus on smaller sites|
|basic HTML5, minimal CSS||more HTML5, CSS|
|layered architecture (presentation/service/DAO)||simpler sites, less layering emphasis|
|use MVC (Model/View/Controller) pattern for web UI||use MVC (Model/View/Controller) pattern for web UI|
|use Oracle or mysql interchangeably||use mysql|
|default to using eclipse IDE||default to using NetBeans IDE|
|run your own tomcat application server||run XAMPP, your own Apache webserver, mysql, PHP site|
|only discuss web services||study and implement web services|
Note: If you are interested in preparing to use .NET, you should probably take CS436/636, since .NET is an enterprise platform, like JEE.
Student Information sheet,
with list of essential skills needed for this course
Texts: print editions required for open-book exam use
Murach's PHP and MySQL (2nd or 3rd Edition) by Joel Murach and Ray Harris, Murach & Assoc, 2014, available for example at Amazon (older edition (less expensive), newer edition) or the bookstore. This book cover basic web technology (HTTP), running XAMPP for your own PHP web server, using the MySQL database. Follow the book link for free code.
HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett, under $20 at Amazon. Follow the book link for free code.
Recommended for HTML and CSS, including slightly more advanced
Learning Web Design, by Jennifer Robbins, O'Reilly, about $40.
Check out your development PC: A Windows 7 system with at least 2GB of memory works well with these tools. Windows 8 or 10 is fine. Alternatively, a Linux system or recent MacOSX system will work well. Setup directions are provided for Windows, Linux, and MacOSX, in the Appendixes of the text. Also see "Access to cs.umb.edu systems" linked below under Resources.
First week: Get a UNIX/Linux account for cs637 by running apply, even if you already have a UNIX account here. This will give you access to our Linux host topcat.cs.umb.edu, which has a MySQL installation and an Apache web server enabled for PHP. You can try out the book's examples even before you get an account: see the link below under Resources.
Mon., Jan. 22 slides (6pp)
Intro, start on HTML
Wed., Jan. 24 slides (6pp) HTML5: Duckett Chap. 4-7
Mon., Jan. 29 slides (6pp) HTML5: Duckett Chap. 8-12, including intro CSS
Wed., Jan. 31 slides (6pp) CSS: Duckett Chap. 13-14
Mon., Feb. 5 slides (6pp) Murach & Harris Chap. 2 Intro PHP
Wed., Feb. 7 slides (6pp) More on Forms, slides (6pp) M&H Chap. 3 Mysql, Intro to Pizza Project (doc)
Mon., Feb. 12 slides (6pp) M&H Chap. 4 PHP and Mysql
Wed., Feb. 14 slides (6pp) M&H Chap. 5 MVC apps
Mon., Feb. 19 Holiday
Wed., Feb. 21 Continuing on Chap. 5, slides (6pp) Chap. 6 Errors and Debugging
Homework 1 due
Monday, Feb 5, in class, on paper. Solution
Homework 2, due Wed., Feb. 21, in class, on paper.
Project 1 doc assignment: first delivery, due Tuesday, March 6, by midnight, in /var/www/html/cs637/<username>/pizza1 on topcat
Project 1 starting point: pizza1_setup (zip)
Homework 3, due Wed., March 7, in class, on paper (do this first, before project 1 first delivery)
Project 1 final delivery: Tuesday, March 20, by midnight, in /var/www/html/cs637/<username>/pizza1 on topcat
Piazza Class Site
Home page for Spring, 2017
Access to cs.umb.edu systems from offsite Logging in and transferring files. (Updated Feb. 1 to remove unnecessary Oracle info.)
Development Setup Installing needed software. Some discussion of topcat.cs.umb.edu as well.
The book webapps deployed on topcat.cs.umb.edu and using the MySQL database on topcat.cs.umb.edu
HTML5: Intro at www.w3schools.com latest spec forms tutorial tag reference, with HTML 4/5 info HTML5 validator
at www.w3schools.com CSS2.2
property index. More on CSS: mozilla.org
HTTP : tutorial
MySQL We are using MariaDB (compatible with mysql 5.5, 5.6) bundled with XAMPP, and also version 5.6 on topcat.cs.umb.edu. docs (SQL)
PHP The version of PHP is important to note because it is still evolving, although not significantly between versions 5.5 and 5.6. We are using version 5.6 bundled with XAMPP, and version 5.5 on topcat.cs.umb.edu. Our second edition text uses version 5.5, and the third edition uses version 7.1 (see pg. 12 in either edition). docs evolving spec
PHP Internals: How Variables and References Work
PHP Debugging Setup
Note that the directions on setting up XDebug in the Appendices
of the second edition of M&H apply only for older versions
REST Web Services Tutorial