Web Foundations/Introduction

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This lesson introduces web foundations.

Objectives and Skills[edit]

Objectives and skills for this lesson include:

  • Understand fundamental web development concepts vocabulary.

Readings[edit]

  1. Wikipedia: Web design
  2. Wikipedia: Web development

Multimedia[edit]

  1. YouTube: The Complete Web Design Tutorials for Beginners

Activities[edit]

  1. Review Wikipedia: List of most popular websites. Examine the top 10 or top 20 sites. What do these sites have in common in terms of design? Are the layouts similar? How is navigation implemented? What colors are standard? Are there design features unique to the focus of each organization?
  2. Search the Internet for top 10 web designs. How do these designs differ from the most popular website designs? Why might they be different? Consider performance, compatibility across devices, audience, etc.
  3. Review the most recent Stack Overflow: Annual Developer Survey. What programming languages are most popular? What frameworks are most popular? What databases are most popular?

Key Terms[edit]

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
cloud computing
Document Type Definition (DTD)
Extensible Markup Language (XML)
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
markup language
metalanguage
Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME)
Request for Comments (RFC)
search engine optimization (SEO)
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML)
Transport Layer Security (TLS)
user agent
Web 2.0
Web feed
wireframing

See Also[edit]

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