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Web Architecture 253 - Front End


This course is a survey of technologies that power the user interfaces of web applications on a variety of devices today, including desktop, mobile, and tablet devices. This course will delve into some of the core Front-End languages and frameworks (HTML/CSS/JS/React/Redux), as well as the underlying technologies enable web applications (HTTP, URI, JSON). The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the technical issues surrounding user interfaces powered by the web today, and to provide a solid and comprehensive perspective of the Web's constantly evolving landscape.


The content for this class is based on the Web Architecture class taught by Jim Blomo (jblomo)


Labs (15%), Assignments (45%), Project (40%)

  • Labs are assigned the day of class and are due at the end of class (5 pm PST on Fridays)
  • Assignments and the Project are due 11:59 pm on the day of their due date
  • Late labs will not be accepted
  • Late assignments will be deducted 5 points each day they are late.
  • If there are any issues please contact me asap


  • Kay Ashaolu kay@ischool
  • Office hours available upon request via Google Hangout



Date Class Prep Lecture Slides Labs Assignments / Projects
Aug 24 Introduction and Browsers Lab 1: Setting up Git
Start Lab
Aug 31 Try HTML and CSS HTML and CSS Lab 2: Create a simple web page
Start Lab
Assignment 1 assigned
Start Assignment
Sep 7 Let's learn some JavaScript JavaScript Basics I and II Lab 3: Play around with JavaScript
Start Lab
Sep 14 HTML Forms: putting it all together HTML Forms and JavaScript and the DOM Lab 4: Fun with Forms
Start Lab
Sep 21 Lets learn some modern JavaScript Modern JavaScript I and II No Lab: Work on Assignment 1
Sep 28 Setup your JavaScript environment Why JavaScript Frameworks and Introduction to React Assignment 1 due
Oct 5 React Primer I React Fundamentals I and II Lab 5: Play with Components
Start Lab
Assignment 2 assigned
Start Assignment
Oct 12 React Primer II React Fundamentals III and IV Lab 6: Play with React State
Start Lab
Group Project Part 1 assigned
Start Project
Oct 19 Internet Fundamentals I Nuts and Bolts: URL's and HTTP Lab 7: Using the terminal to browse the web
Start Lab
Group Project Part 1 due
Group Project Part 2 assigned
Oct 26 Workshop: Todo MVC Application I
Nov 2 API's and React Forms Lab: Create Weather Form
Start Lab
Nov 9 REST and Storage Systems as a Service (code) Lab 9: Connect to Remote database
Start Lab
Assignment 2 due
Start Lab
Nov 16 Workshop: Todo MVC Application II
Nov 23 Academic Holiday
Nov 30 Group Presentations (class 11 am - 2 pm)
Dec 7 Group Project Part 2 due