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ITEC325 is an introduction to intermediate Web processing technologies, focusing on PHP and SXLT, including
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PHP Visual Quickstart Guide
(The 4e and 3e versions are more to be compatible w/ PHP6, but 2e is acceptable as well.)
ISBN 978-0-321-44249-9, publ. Peach Pit Press
N.B. eBook version available from publisher
Kevin Howard Goldberg
XML Visual Quickstart Guide
ISBN 978-0-321-55967-8, publ. Peach Pit Press.
N.B. eBook available from publisher.
Referring to the posted lecture slides and web searches may provide much of the information also in the books. However, many students find a paper copy of the book better for both studying and referencing.
Out of class courtesy, please refrain from texting during lecture, and use a laptop only for taking notes and looking up material related to lecture (no email etc.). Other students can be distracted by your screen, and your inattentiveness detracts from the class experience for all.
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Programming assignments will be graded not only for the extent to which the program produces the required results, but also for programming style. In particular, the programs should be well designed and self-documented with meaningful and informative comments and identifier names. A program which does not run might summarily get a 0. PLEASE compile and/or run your programs or documents immediately before submitting. Never make a change to the code or html file(s) and turn it in without compiling and running first. It is very easy to make last minute mistakes that introduce syntax errors, so checking before submitting can save you an unnecessary grade of 0.
A special word of caution about the deadlines for programming assignments: The assignments for this class will generally require more time for completion than you might assume at first glance. Because certain error messages can be sparse or non-existent, significant time can be spent tracking down problems like file-permissions or files in the wrong directory (totally unrelated to the complexity of the program itself). Since the penalty for being late is severe, you should begin working on each assignment as soon as it is distributed. Allow time for unexpected problems and difficulties such as minor computer downtime. Keep back-up copies of your work -- computer crashes are not an acceptable excuse for late assignments!
There will frequent summary-quizzes and occasional pop quizzes in class; fair game for these quizzes include applying concepts from recent lecture topics or reading, as well as any previous homework problems. (Note: “recent” lectures includes lecture material given earlier in the same class!)
Our final exam slot is Apr.30 (Mon) 14:45.
Although there are no attendence points per se, short in-class quizzes are factored into your grade. In the event of a University-wide emergency or unscheduled close (as for inclement weather1), we will instead hold class virtually via breeze.radford.edu/ibarland (link at top of class pages).
Late Policy: Late homeworks will be accepted up to 48hrs late with a penalty of 15% of points-possible. (Homeworks between 0 and 3hrs late might be accepted for 5% penalty, at discretion of the teacher.) If turning in hardcopy late, you must include the due-date and the time you turn it in. Do not submit late homeworks intermingled with currently-due homeworks.
If you know in advance you won't be able to turn in homework on time (e.g. participating in university sports) you must get permission in advance to turn the homework in late. For significant illness or family crisis without advance notice (but with later documentation), contact the professor as soon as possible to arrange to catch up on the work. You cannot make up missed quizzes; however your one lowest quiz score will be dropped.
Honor Policy: As with all your RU classes, the university honor code governs all work turned in.
You are encouraged to discuss and interpret the homeworks and general approaches to solutions with your fellow students. However, You must be the direct author of all your submitted work. (For example, sharing (sending or receiving) a hw solution with others is a clear honor code violation.) If you had worked through a homework problem while talking with a friend, you must re-write it on your own, without referring to your draft version. If you got significant advice which you'd like to credit somebody for, cite them in your work.
Other University Resources: Radford has many resources to help you in different ways, including the student counseling services (x5226), and the Learning Assistance Resource Center (“LARC”, x7704, www.radford.edu/~larc, ). If you need any special accomodations for a class, and have registered with the Disability Resource Office (x6350, Tyler Hall Suite 64), please contact the professor at the start of the semester.
1 Still, safety comes first in inclement weather; if attending-virtually isn't possible due to safety concerns, contact me to avoid attendence issues, though you will still need to review any material discussed. ↩
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