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MIS 3371 Transaction Processing I
Parks -- Fall 2017

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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.
  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 Wed SEP 13

  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: MON & WED 1-2:30 280E Melcher Hall
by appointment 713-743-4729
GRADING: All grading issues are handled in-person during office hours. Do not send e-mail to the instructor regarding any grading issue. Grades assigned for drops after TUE OCT 31 (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 in on the last day of class (WED NOV 29) on CD or DVD. The "Due dates" shown below are just "suggested" completion dates

Grade History for Exam1 and Exam 2 -- 2005 → 2016

Exam 1 WED OCT 18 40%
Exam 2 WED NOV 29 45%
Programming Assignment #1 Due WED NOV 29 5%
Programming Assignment #2 Due WED NOV 29 5%
Programming Assignment #3 Due WED NOV 29 5%
TWO FREE TOOLS 1. Notepad++ -- an excellent ASCII text editor
2. GIMP -- an excellent image editor
Dates are suggestions only. All 3 assignments will be graded at the end of the semester and will be turned in only on WED NOV 29 in class
MON AUG 21  . 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 23  . Post Turing Computing; TP Models and the Client/Server World
 . The ASCII Table  (Counting by various bases)
 . Other Codes: Morse; Phillips (1,2,3)
     The Phillips Code (alpha list 4,688+ codes with encoding)
 . Baudot; EBCDIC
 . Life saving tip: · · · — — — · · · and of course: 30 12
 . The 3-Tier Architecture (the Transaction Flow Model)
MON AUG 28  . Algorithms, Compiling and Internals
 . from 1954 to Date Computer History
MON AUG 28 -- Last Day to Add a Class
WED AUG 30  . HTML Fundamentals
     . -- the source for all web documentation
     . W3Schools References -- Scripting Reference and more
HTML GUIDES:      . HTML examples
WED SEP 6  . HTML Forms
 . A Simple Submit Form
 . A sample form with all the objects
 . The Browser News by Chuck Upsell
      (see browser stats)
 . About color with and without alpha (transparency)
 .  Markup Languages in general
 . HTML Tables (See this example)
Last Day to Drop or Withdraw without receiving a grade
       . Canvas (Basics, Graphs, Dashboards, Slide Shows);
       . range (sliders);
       . new input types
       . HTML 5 video
       . borders
       . progress and meter
       . Color with and without alpha
 . Using the HTML Validator at Valid HTML 4.0!
WED SEP 13  .  Client Side Processing Part 1: Scripting Introduction
       . The HTML Object Model
       . Accessing HTML Objects from the Script (Part I)
Scripting template:
MON SEP 18  . Client Side Processing Part 2: Nouns and the Object Model
      . Declarations, Naming and Arrays
WED SEP 20  . Client Side Processing Part 3: Verbs (Flow Control I)
        .  If Statements
        . XOR example for encryption and the Beale Codes
Scripting template:
MON SEP 25  .  Client Side Processing Part 4: Verbs (Flow Control II)
        .  Loops
Here are the classroom "loop" examples:
WED SEP 27  . Client Side Processing Part 5: All Other Verbs
        . Sequentials (strings and math)
Here are the classroom Sequentials (specifically "String" examples):
MON OCT 2  . Client Side Processing Part 6: Organization (Modularity and Chunking)
        . Subs and Functions
        . Algorithms and Chunking (Modularization)
        . Scripting Timed Events
WED OCT 4  . Client Side Processing Part 7: User Actions
        . Events
        . Resize Event Example
MON OCT 9  .  Client Side Processing Part 8: Accessing HTML Objects from Scripts:
       . Radio, Checkbox and Select Syntax Extras -- Part II
WED OCT 11  .  Client Side Processing Part 9:
       . Pages On-The-Fly
       . Sort, Min, Max Sample
       . Msgboxes and Alerts
       . Graphs and Process Generators
 . Javascript Frameworks Comparisons
 . Web Services:
     . Providing a Web Service (Gauge Maker)
     . Consuming a Web Service (Weather Station)
MON OCT 16  . Algorithms for the exam  
MON OCT 23  . Exam 1 Review  
[ Use IE Browser Only (see browser settings in the Notes section above)]
 . Last 20 1st exams: 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, Fall 2010
Assignment 1 should be complete.
Turn in on WED NOV 29
MON OCT 30  . Post-Exam review
 . Receiving and Displaying XML on the Client
 . 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 see here)
 . 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
 . Assignment 3 form data as an XML document
TUE OCT 31 Last Day to Drop a Class
WED NOV 1  .Cloud
 .Responsive Design
 .Google Maps (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V)
MON NOV 6  .  CSS reference
 .  CSS/DOM Examples
 .  Object Model Summary
 .  Dashboard Navigation Template
 . Chris Heilmann's Cross-Browser Javascript
 . User Changes the fontSize
WED NOV 8  . The two DOM's, the image replacement examples:
    . (1) VBScript Version
    . (2) Javascript Version
 . Menu Navigation Example ( Code from
 . Dave Whalen's Cookie FAQ
 . Client-Side Cookie examples
      (write,read,kill in both VBScript and Javascript)
 . Mouseovers
 . DIV, SPAN and innerHTML
 . A CSS Positioning example
MON NOV 13  . Capt. Webb Flips Out
 . HTML 5 (new tags and canvas)
      . 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
 . minesweeper clone
     (How to use a stack & How to use cookies -- click "HELP")
 . Regular Expressions (here)
Assignment 2 should be complete.
Turn in on WED NOV 29
WED NOV 15  .Barcodes, QR (Quick Response) Codes and UARTS (RFID)
 . Excel Macros are vbscript:
    . VBA Macros example discussion
    . Macro example spreadsheet
    . Forecasting Macro Example
    . Excel Charts Macros Discussion
    . Chart spreadsheet example
MON NOV 20  . Server-Side Bots and Spiders (here and here)
 . 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
MON NOV 27  . Exam 2 Review  
WED NOV 29  EXAM 2  Last 21 2nd Exams:
[Use IE 11 Browser Only (see browser settings in the Notes section above)]
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, Fall 2010
Assignment 3 should be complete. Turn in on WED NOV 29
All assigmement will be turned in during class on CD or DVD on this last class session.
  • Label the CD/DVD with your Peoplesoft ID and Name
  • Please check to be sure your assignment "file names" correspond to the requirements stated on the assignments
  • Check your CD/DVD to be sure:
    1. the code is on the CD/DVD; and
    2. the code can be executes from the CD/DVD
MON AUG 28 Last Day to Add a Class
MON SEP 4Labor Day Holiday
WED SEP 6 Last Day to Drop or Widthdraw without receiving a grade
WED OCT 19 Exam 1 (in class)
TUE OCT 31 Last Day to Drop a Class or withdraw with a "W"
WED-SAT NOV 22-25Thanksgiving Holiday
WED NOV 29 Last Day of Class & Exam 2 (in class)
ALL ASSIGNMENTS DUE (IMMEDIATELY after the exam in class -- i.e., you hand in your assignments with your exam at the end of the class period)
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