MIS 3371 (section 10844) & MIS 7395 (section 20486)

Parks -- FALL 2020

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COURSE SUMMARY: This course is the first part of a two course sequence on transaction processing in the client-server environment. This first course concentrates on client side processes involving entry, validation and submission of transaction information across the Internet. The primary technologies employed are: HTML, XML, CSS, DOM, Javascript, Ajax and RSS and WEB 2.0 and an introduction to server-side processing (WSH, ASP, and ASP.NET)
Prerequisites for this course are: MIS 3360 (corequisite -- or COSC Business Option). Students must be either an: (1) MIS major; (2) MIS Minor; or (3) COSC Business Track. Students failing to met these qualifications by the 12th class day will be dropped from the course -- NO exceptions.
Course philosophy:
   "Programming is a skill best acquired by practice and example rather than from books"
Alan Mathison Turing  

   "I provide the examples. You have to practice."

  1. Required Textbook
    1. Javascript, 6th Edition
      Don Gosselin
      Course Technology, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1305078444 ISBN-10: 1305078446
      This book is a reference book. The class will NOT follow the content of this book!
      Get later editions of the same textbook if available
      This textbook will NOT be used until MON SEP 14

  2. Recommended Reading (not required):
    1. VBScript: Programmer's Reference, 3rd Edition (deprecated)
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Kathie Kingsley-Hughes, Daniel Read
      Wrox Press Ltd., 2007, ISBN 978-0-470-16808-0
    2. Alan Turing: the Enigma
      Andrew Hodges
      ISBN 0-8027-7580-2 (Walker and Company, New York), 2000 paperback
      (the original hardback 1983 edition is out of print)
      Reissued 2014:
      Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game"
      Andrew Hodges
    3. Responsive Web Design
      Ethan Marcotte
      ISBN: 978-1-9375571-8-8 (from A Book Apart), 2011 paperback (2nd Edition)
    4. Mobile First
      Luke Wroblewski
      ISBN: 978-1-937557-02-7 (from a Book Apart), 2011 paperback
    5. Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
      George Dyson
      ISBN-10: 0375422773 ISBN-13: 978-0375422775 Pantheon; First Edition edition (March 6, 2012). The book is mostly about von Neumann.
    6. The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers
      Tom Standage
      ISBN: 0425171698, (Berkley Trade), 1999
    7. Enigma: The Battle for the Code
      Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
      ISBN-13: 978-0471490357 ISBN-10: 0471490350 (John Wiley and Sons, NJ)
      The story of the early Enigma efforts and the war attempts at their capture. This is not Turing focused, 2004
OFFICE HOURS: By online appointment only. Email:
GRADING: Grades assigned for drops after WED SEP 9 (last day to drop without receiving a grade) will be based on your current class grade. If you have a failing grade at the time of the drop, you will receive an F otherwise a W.
All assignments are graded at the end of the semester -- Assignments will be turned uploaded before the last day of class (MON NOV 23). Upload instructions will be emailed to you later in the semester. The "Due dates" shown below are just "suggested" completion dates

Grade History for Exam 1 and Exam 2 -- 2005 → 2018

Exam 1 WED OCT 14 online during regular class time 4:00-5:20 PM 40%
Exam 2 MON NOV 23 (last class session) online during regular class time 4:00-5:20 PM 45%
Programming Assignment #1 Due MON NOV 23
(Uploading instructions will be emailed to you at the end of the semester)
Programming Assignment #2 Due MON NOV 23
(Uploading instructions will be emailed to you at the end of the semester)
Programming Assignment #3 Due MON NOV 23
(Uploading instructions will be emailed to you at the end of the semester)
Dates are suggestions only. All 3 assignments will be graded only at the end of the semester. You will receive instructions by email on how to upload your assignments for grading.
MON AUG 24  . Computing to 1954
 . The Alan Turing Home Page by Andrew Hodges
 . Turing at Wikipedia
 . Enigma at Wikipedia
 . The great ideas were done by these people
Lecture 1 Powerpoint Slides
WED AUG 26  . Post Turing Computing; TP Models and the Client/Server World
 . Codes:
    . (1844) Morse Code
    . (1870) Baudot Code;
    . (1879) Phillips Code (1, 2, 3) , My Phillips Code Generator
    . (1964) EBCDIC (8 bit code for IBM mainframe)
    . (1963) ASCII (8 bit code became popular for PC in 1981)
 . Counting by various bases
 . Life saving tip: · · · — — — · · · and of course: 30 12
 . The 3-Tier Architecture (the Transaction Flow Model)
 . Algorithms, Compiling and Internals
MON AUG 31  . HTML Fundamentals
     . -- the source for all web documentation
     . W3Schools References -- Scripting Reference and more
MON AUG 31 Last Day To Add A Class
HTML GUIDES:      . HTML examples
WED SEP 2  . HTML Forms
 . A Simple Submit Form
 . A sample form with all the objects,
 .  Another form with a range tag
 . The Browser News by Chuck Upsell
      (see browser stats)
 . Color with and without alpha (transparency)
 . HTML Tables (See this example)
 . HTML 5
       . Canvas (Basics, Graphs, Dashboards, Slide Shows);
       . range (sliders);
       . new input types
       . HTML 5 video
       . borders
       . progress and meter
 .  Markup Languages in general
 . Using the HTML Validator at Valid HTML 4.0!
WED SEP 9 Last Day to Drop without receiving a grade
 .  Client Side Processing Part 1: Scripting Introduction
       . The HTML Object Model
       . Accessing HTML Objects from the Script (Part I)
 . Client Side Processing Part 2: Nouns and the Object Model
      . Declarations, Naming and Arrays
 . Client Side Processing Part 3: Verbs (Flow Control I)
        .  If Statements
        . XOR example for encryption and the Beale Codes
Here are two scripting templates:
WED SEP 16  .  Client Side Processing Part 4: Verbs (Flow Control II)
        .  Loops
Here are the classroom "loop" examples:
MON SEP 21  . Client Side Processing Part 5: All Other Verbs
        . Sequentials (strings and math)
Here are the classroom Sequentials:
WED SEP 23  . Client Side Processing Part 6: More Sequentials
MON SEP 28  . Client Side Processing Part 7: Organization (Modularity and Chunking)
        . Subs and Functions
        . Algorithms and Chunking (Modularization)
WED SEP 30  . Client Side Processing Part 7: User Actions
        . Scripting Timed Events
        . Events
        . Resize Event Example
MON OCT 5  .  Client Side Processing Part 8: Accessing HTML Objects from Scripts:
       . Radio, Checkbox and Select Syntax Extras -- Part II
WED OCT 7  .  Client Side Processing Part 9:
       . Sort, Min, Max Sample
       . Msgboxes and Alerts
       . Graphs and Process Generators
      . Object Model Comparisons: HTML; XML; and DOM
MON OCT 12  .  Client Side Processing Part 10:
       . Pages On-The-Fly (bottom of the Midterm Study Guide)
 . Algorithms for the exam
 . Exam 1 Review
[ Use IE Browser Only (see browser settings in the Notes section above)]
 . Last 21 1st exams: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Summer 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Summer 2014, Spring 2014,Fall 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Summer 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010
Assignment 1 should be complete.
Turn in before MON NOV 23 5:30 PM
MON OCT 19  . Post-Exam review
 . The XML DTD
See 1st youtube lecture (XML Part 1)
for Monday 3/23/2020
posted 3/22/2020 7:50 PM
1 hr 11 mins run time

XML diagram for Marx Brothers Movies
 ← See "The XML DOM and ..." for the code

See 2nd youtube lecture (XML Part 2)
for Wed 3/25/2020
posted 3/24/2020 11:22 PM
1 hr 9 mins run time

WED OCT 21  . Receiving and Displaying XML on the Client
MON OCT 26  . The XML DOM and Cross Browser XML on the Client
    (this page is critical exam 2 content)
 . Sending XML from the Client
    (this is AJAX orAsynchronous Javascipt and XML)
 . IE Example AJAX for GL Account Query
 . Cross Browser Example AJAX for GL Account Query
 . RSS is XML
 . RSS 2.0 specification
 . RSS 2.0.10 specification
 . example
 . XBRL eXtensible Business Reporting Language (who talks to Edgar)
 . Assignment 3 form data as an XML document
WED OCT 28  .Responsive Design
 .Accordion Page Design
MON NOV 2  .Google Maps (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V)

TUE NOV 3 is the Last Day to Drop
See 7th youtube lecture (MAPS)
for Wed 4/13/2020
posted 4/12/2020 10:18 PM
46 minutes run time
WED NOV 4  .  CSS reference
 .  CSS/DOM Examples
 .  Tab Navigation Template
 . Chris Heilmann's Cross-Browser Javascript
 . Lorem Ipsum, Popups and User Changes the fontSize
Three Object Models (overview)

CSS Overview Diagram
 ← See "CSS Reference ..." for the code

See 3nd youtube lecture (CSS Part 1)
for Mon 3/30/2020
posted 3/30/2020 7:19 AM
43 mins run time

See 4th youtube lecture (CSS Part 2)
for Wed 4/1/2020
posted 3/31/2020 6:18 PM
1 hr 10 mins run time

MON NOV 9  . The two DOM's, the image replacement examples:
    . (1) VBScript Version
    . (2) Javascript Version
 . Menu Navigation Example ( Code from
 . Dave Whalen's Cookie FAQ

See 5th youtube lecture (CSS Part 3)
for Wed 4/6/2020
posted 4/5/2020 9:54 PM
41 mins run time

WED NOV 11  . Client-Side Cookie examples
      (write,read,kill in both VBScript and Javascript)
 . Mouseovers
 . DIV, SPAN and innerHTML
 . A CSS Positioning example
 . Animations
    .  Capt. Webb Flips Out
    .  Viking Baby
    .  Capt. Webb's Air Force Flies By [chrome, firefox, opera only, choppy in safari buggy in ie]

See 6th youtube lecture (CSS Part 4)
for Wed 4/8/2020
posted 4/7/2020 4:00 PM
44 mins run time

      . video scripting for IE (MS Media Player -- *.wmv files)
      . cross-browser video scripting (MS Media Player -- *.wmv files)
      . cross-browser video scripting (Flash Player -- *.swf files)
      . Image Maps and some lyrical work
      . HTML 5 video (*.mp4, *.ogv, *.webm)
      . An annotated youtube video tutorial

See 8th youtube lecture (VIDEO)
for Wed 4/13/2020
posted 4/20/2020 8:30 PM
28 mins run time

WED NOV 18  . Excel Macros are vbscript:
    . VBA Macros example discussion
    . Macro example spreadsheet
    . Forecasting Macro Example
    . Excel Charts Macros Discussion
    . Chart spreadsheet example
 . minesweeper clone
     (How to use a stack & How to use cookies -- click "HELP")
 . Regular Expressions (here)
 . Web Services:
     .Gauge Maker Version 2.1
     .Separation Anxiety Puzzle Game Version 1.7
     .Button Maker Version 2
     .Consuming a Web Service: Weather Station Version 2

 Exam 2 Review

Assignment 2 should be complete.
Turn in on or before MON NOV 23 5:30 PM

 . Server Side Processes I: *.cgi,*.asp, *.aspx, *.pl, *.php
 . echo.asp the server side asp program for form checking (example).
 . James Marshall's cgi-bin program in C that checks form contents
      (See compilation notes)
 . ASP.NET II (VB.NET and C#)
 .  Server Side Processes: MS-SQL, Oracle, and MS-Access
 . Server-Side Processing and TP II (MIS 4372)
 . Security, Backup and Recovery
 . TP Controls and Auditing -- COBIT, COSO/ERM, ITIL (MIS 4373)
 . Big 4 Genealogy


 Last 20 2nd Exams:
Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017 Summer 2017 Spring 2017 Fall 2016 Summer 2016 Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Summer 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Summer 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Summer 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011

Assignment 3 should be complete.
Turn in on or before MON NOV 23 5:30 PM
All assignments will be uploaded to my server. Upload instructions will be emailed to you later in the semester.
MON AUG 31 Last Day to Add a Class
WED SEP 9 Last Day to Drop a Class without receiving a grade
WED OCT 14 Exam 1 (during regularly scheduled class time)
TUE NOV 3 Last Day to Drop a Class
MON NOV 23 Exam 2 (during regularly scheduled class time)
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