The Missing Link: An Introduction to Web Development and Programming


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Web development is an evolving amalgamation of languages that work in concert to receive, modify, and deliver information between parties using the Internet as a mechanism of delivery.

While it is easy to describe conceptually, implementation is accompanied by an overwhelming variety of languages, platforms, templates, frameworks, guidelines, and standards. Navigating a project from concept to completion often requires more than mastery of one or two complementing languages, meaning today’s developers need both breadth, and depth, of knowledge to be effective.

This text provides the developer with an understanding of the various elements of web development by focusing on the concepts and fundamentals through the examples within, providing a foundation that allows easier transition to other languages and a better understanding of how to approach their work. The reader will be introduced to topics in a manner that follows most project development methods, from initial conceptualization and design through front end development, back end development, and introducing additional concepts like accessibility and security, while focusing on responsive design techniques. Each section of the text includes opportunities to practice the material and assess increased knowledge after examining the topics.

“While most web development texts opt to delve deeply into one or two of the tools in the belt of a web programmer, the author of this text takes a broad approach to teaching web programming and development. The result is a single resource that integrates good design practices, modern technologies, and all of the programming tools that one would need to build a successful, dynamic web site.” – Robert Olsen, SUNY Fredonia


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Section 1: Web Development
Chapter 1: Brief History of the Internet
Chapter 2: Current Trends
Chapter 3: Web Servers
Chapter 4: Network Basics
Chapter 5: Website Design
Chapter 6: Development
Section 1 Assessments

Section 2: Document Markup
Chapter 7: Markup Languages
Chapter 8: Creating HTML Files
Chapter 9: Page Layout
Chapter 10: Text Layout
Chapter 11: Navigation
Chapter 12: Graphics
Chapter 13: Tables
Chapter 14: Forms
Chapter 15: Canvas
Chapter 16: Media Support
Chapter 17: Mobile Device Support
Chapter 18: Tags to Avoid
Chapter 19: Rule Structure
Chapter 20: Layout Formatting
Chapter 21: Font and Text Decoration
Chapter 22: Responsive Styling
Section 2 Assessments

Section 3: Scripting Languages
Chapter 23: Server-Side and Client-Side Scripting
Chapter 24: Creating PHP Files
Chapter 25: PHP Errors
Chapter 26: PHP Output
Chapter 27: Data Storage
Chapter 28: Data Manipulation
Chapter 29: Email
Chapter 30: File Interaction
Chapter 31: Structures
Chapter 32: Functions
Chapter 33: Objects and Classes
Chapter 34: JavaScript Syntax
Chapter 35: JavaScript Examples
Chapter 36: jQuery
Section 3 Assessments

Section 4: Persistent Data Storage
Chapter 37: Database Types
Chapter 38: Data Relationships
Chapter 39: MySQL Data Types
Chapter 40: Normalization
Chapter 41: MySQL CRUD Actions
Chapter 42: Advanced Queries
Section 4 Assessments

Section 5: Tying it Together
Chapter 43: Security
Chapter 44: Integration Examples
Chapter 45: Finishing Touches
Chapter 46: Now What?

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Michael Mendez

Michael Mendez, M.S., is a professional web developer and professor with a master’s degree received after studying computer science, business, and communications at the State University of New York, University at Fredonia. Having worked in the information technology field for over 12 years, he has provided the small to medium business market and public sector agencies with services in hardware and network installation and support, web development, systems support and maintenance, and solutions design and implementation. These experiences have involved academic, media, emergency management, non-profit, business to business, and business to consumer organizations.