Nathan Hull - Spring 1999

FINAL EXAM - Thursday, May 6th 10:00-11:50, Room 109 WWH

Final List of New York Times Articles



Assignment # 0: Setup
Due: Thursday, Jan 28th.

Assignment # 1: Count Cards
Due: Tuesday, Feb. 2nd

Assignment # 2: Frames
Due: Thursday, March 4th

Submit assignments to:

Assignment # 3: JavaScript Blackjack
Due: Thursday, March 11th

Assignment # 4: First Director Project
Due: Weekend of April 3rd-4th

Assignment # 5: Second Director Project
Due: Weekend of April 17th - 18th

Assignment # 6: CGI #1
Due: Tuesday, April 27th

Assignment #7: CGI #2 / Cookies
Due: Thursday, May 6th - EXTRA CREDIT



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I. Basic Info

Instructor: Nathan Hull
Class: TTh 9:55 -11:10, Rm. 102 WWH
Office phone: 998-3152 Rm. 423 WWH
Office Hours: TTh 12:00 - 1:00

Important dates

Drop Date: Monday, Feb. 8th
Midterm Examination: Tuesday, March 9th
Spring Recess: Mon., March 15th - Sat., March 20th
Withdraw with "W": Monday., March 22nd
Last Day of Classes: Monday, May 3rd
Final Examination: Thursday, May 6, 10:00 - 11:50am

II. About the Course

This class is designed as a follow-up to A22.00004, "Computers in Principle and Practice I," which examined basic computer principles, theory and history, and also explored word processing spreadsheets, beg 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 (A22.0004), and have either completed one semester of programming (such as A22.0002 or V22.0101) or have equivalent programming experience in a high level programming language such as Pascal, C, ADA or FORTRAN.

III. Mandatory Course Materials

A. Books

1. Javascript for the World Wide Web (2nd Ed.)Visual Quickstart Guide
       by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith
       Peachpit Press
       ISBN 0-201-69648-7, $17.95

2.  Dreamweaver 1.2 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide
       By J. Tarin Towers
       Peachpit Press
       ISBN 0-201-35339-3 List price: $18.95 U.S.

 3. Director 6 Demystified
       by Jason Roberts
       Peachpit Press/Macromedia
       ISBN 0-201-68884-0, $49.95

4. Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
       By Elizabeth Castro
       Peachpit Press
       ISBN 0-201-35358-X $18.99

5.  JAVA for the World WIde Web:  Visual Quickstart Guide
        by Dori Smith
        Peachpit Press
        ISBN 0-201-35340-7  $17.99

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 ( 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 $16. 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 new type of drive.

IV. Additional textbooks

Here are the HIGHLY RECOMMENDED books: (Basically, you should have these
two books left over from A22.0004!!)

1. HTML for the World Wide Web (2nd Edition)
       Visual Quickstart Guide
       by Elizabeth Castro
       Peachpit Press
       ISBN 0-201-68862-X,  $17.95

2. Photoshop 5 for Macintosh 
       Visual Quickstart Guide
       by Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas
       Peachpit Press
       ISBN 0-201-68841-7, $19.95


1. DHTML: Visual QuickStart Guide
     By Jason Teague
     ISBN 0-201-35341-5
     List price: $17.95 U.S.

2. UNIX: Visual QuickStart Guide
     By Deborah S. Ray and Eric J. Ray
     ISBN 0-201-35395-4
     List price: $17.99 U.S.

3. Fireworks for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide
     By Sandee Cohen
     ISBN 0-201-35361-X
     List price: $18.95 U.S.

4. The Non-Designer's Web Book
       by Robin Williams and John Tollett
       Peachpit Press
       ISBN 0-201-68859-X, $29.95

5. Designing Web Graphics (2nd Edition)
       by Lynda Weinmann
       New Riders Publishing
       ISBN 1-56205-715-4, $55.00

V. Software

There are several major commercial software packages that will be used during the course: Netscape Communicator (version 4.0 or above), Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 4.0 or above), Adobe PageMill and SiteMill (version 3.0) and Macromedia Director and SoundEdit (version 7.0). All of these programs are available for use in the ACF Education Lab on the Apple Macintosh platform. Note that all of these programs are also available commercially for Windows 95 platform. Also note that we will probably also explore Symantec Visual Cafe 3.0 for Java.

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 three accounts which you will have:

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: Academic Computing Facility (ACF) 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:

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.


Rose Platt