V22.0005 Spring 2003

Computers in Principle and Practice II

New York University


 I. Instructor: Nathan Hull

                      Section 1: TTh 11:00 – 12:15, Rm. 109 WWH
                      Section 2: TTh   3:30 –   4:45, Rm. 101 WWH

            Office phone: 998-3152 Rm. 423 WWH
            Office hours: Tues./Thur. 5 - 6 p.m. (starting Jan. 28)

            Email: nathan@cs.nyu.edu


Important dates


First Day of Class:                        Tuesday, January 21


Last day for Drop/Add (on Torchtone/Albert) Mon Feb 10



President's Day Holiday                Monday, February 17 - no classes


Pass/Fail Option Deadline:            Tuesday, February 20


Spring Recess:                              Mon-Fri March 17-22


Last Day of Classes:                     Monday, May 5


Final Exam:                                   TBA


II. About the Course


This class is designed as a follow-up to V22.00004, "Computers in Principle and Practice I," which examined basic computer principles, theory and history, and also explored word processing spreadsheets, web browsing and basic Web authoring.


This second course will feature an in-depth exploration of Web authoring techniques, as well as a continued study of basic computer principles and current developments in the computer industry. In essence, this class will teach the essentials to become a "Web Master," a position and profession which is not only exciting and lucrative, but also one which is constantly changing day-by-day, week-by-week. Thus, great stress will be placed upon how to capitalize and expand in the future upon the knowledge garnered from the class.


In order to take this course, you need to have completed Computers in Principle and Practice I (V22.0004), AND have either completed one semester of programming (such as V22.0002 or V22.0101) or have equivalent programming experience in a high level programming language such as Pascal, C, ADA or Java.


III. Mandatory Course Materials


A. Books


1. Javascript for the World Wide Web (4th Ed.) ** New edition
Visual Quickstart Guide
by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith
Peachpit Press
ISBN 0201735172, $19.99

2. Director 8 Demystified (**New Edition)
By Jason Roberts and Phil Gross
ISBN 0201709201
Peachpit Press $49.99 U.S

3. Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Ed)
By Elizabeth Castro
Peachpit Press
ISBN 0201735687 $18.99

4. DHTML (2nd Ed.)
Visual QuickStart Guide
By Jason Teague
Peachpit Press
ISBN 0201730847 $21.99 U.S.


B. Current Publications


Part of this course is to expose you to the exciting, current developments in the world of computers and the Internet, especially in the areas of technology, business, copyright, civil liberties, privacy and encryption. To that end, you will be asked to read the articles in every Monday's New York Times Business Section, the articles in every Tuesday's New York Times Science Section, and the articles in every Thursday's New York Times  Circuits Section. These will be discussed in class, and form the basis of test questions. These articles are also available on the Times' Web site (http://www.nytimes.com) for a period of about two weeks from the time of publication.


C. Internet Resources


In addition to the New York Times Web site, there are also a great number of other Web sites that cover current information about the computer industry. Further, there are many, many Web sites which are devoted to supplying information, resources and tools to Web Masters. A particularly important part of the course will involve the "deconstruction" of existing Web sites of note. In the final analysis, this may be the most fruitful method of discovering new information about Web authoring.


There will be a Home Page for this course at:




Please mark this page on your Bookmark menu for easy access. You can also get to this page perhaps more easily by following the link at the Computer Science Department's Home Page:




D. Media


You will need to purchase at least two Zip Drive cartridges for your work. (The second one is necessary to serve as a backup for your files!) A Zip cartridge holds 100MB -- approximately 70 floppy disks worth of information, and can be purchased for under $12. This will be necessary because of the size of the files we will be creating. All of the Mac machines in the MultiMedia lab are equipped with this type of drive.


IV. Additional textbooks


The following books you should already have from P&P I.  If not, you should obtain them:



5. HTML 4 for the World Wide Web, Version 5 or (Version 4 will still be OK)
Visual Quickstart Guide
by Elizabeth Castro
Peachpit Press
ISBN 0-201-69696-7 $17.95

6. Dreamweaver MX for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide
By J. Tarin Towers
ISBN 0-201-84445-1 , $21.99

7. Photoshop 7.0 for Windows and Macintosh
Visual Quickstart Guide
by Elaine Weinman & Peter Louetres
Peachpit Press
ISBN 0-201-71309-8, $21.99



8. UNIX: Visual QuickStart Guide

     By Deborah S. Ray and Eric J. Ray

     ISBN 0-201-35395-4

     List price: $17.99 U.S.


9. The Non-Designer's Web Book

       by Robin Williams and John Tollett

       Peachpit Press

       ISBN 0-201-68859-X, $29.95


10. Designing Web Graphics (3rd Edition)

       by Lynda Weinmann

       New Riders Publishing

       ISBN 1-562-05949-1, $55.00


V. Software


There are several major commercial software packages that will be used during the course: Netscape Communicator (version 5.0 or above), Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or above), Macromedia Dreamweaver (version MX) and Macromedia Director and SoundEdit (version 8.5). All of these programs are available for use in the ITS Education Lab on the Apple Macintosh platform. Note that all of these programs are also available commercially for Windows platform


If you have a home computer running one of these operating systems, and if you wish to purchase this software for either the Mac or Windows, they are available at the education price at the NYU bookstore by showing your student ID. We repeat it is NOT necessary for you to purchase any software. However, if you wish to work on the assignments outside of the labs, then you will need access to a personal computer and the software packages.


In addition to the above commercial software, we will also be using several public domain and shareware programs.


VI. Computer Accounts


There are two accounts which you will have:


   * 1. The first is a UNIX account on the I5 machine which will allow us to use a larger storage space, and have access to "CGI" programs. Your Web pages for this class will go on the machine.


   * 2. The second account is for the "MultiMedia Macs." You were automatically set up with this account when you registered for this course.


VII. Grading


Your greatest reward is the knowledge and experience that you receive by taking the course. You will also receive a grade. The assignments (see below) will count for 50% of the grade. The midterm will count for 20%, and the final exam counts for the remaining 30%.


VIII. Assignments


There will be five or six assignments during the semester, all of some length, and all to be posted on the Web. Severe penalties may be assessed for late homework. All work must be your own. Remember that your assignments will be posted for all the world to see!


IX. Using the Computer Facilities


You will be using the MultiMedia rooms at the Education Building ACF Laboratory (35 W. 4th St., 2nd floor) for this class.


You will find two types of consultants at the lab: ITS consultants who will be able to give help of a general nature, and two consultants hired by the Computer Science Department specifically for this course and for the first semester Computers in Principle and Practice course. The limited hours of these two consultants will be announced later.


X. Topics


The "Practice" part of this course will cover:


   * Current Web Theory and Practice

   * Advanced HTML

   * Adobe Photoshop

   * Advanced Macromedia Director and Lingo

   * Sound, Movies and Animation on the Web

   * CGI and PERL Scripting

   * JavaScript


Good luck this semester! I believe this to be one of the most exciting moments in history as we witness the birth of a new means of communication. I hope this course will be of great benefit to you as we enter this New Age, and will help provide you with a roadmap to this constantly changing environment.