About this Course

Try to picture yourself sitting down with your computer, ready to start developing a fully functional web application for the first time, available online for millions to use. “Where should I even begin? How long is this going to take me? Am I making any mistakes along the way?” The questions may leave you with an uneasy feeling that you will learn many lessons the hard way.

In this intermediate course, Steve Huffman will teach you everything he wished he knew when he started building Reddit and, more recently, Hipmunk, as a lead engineer. Starting from the basics of how the web works, this course will walk you through core web development concepts such as how internet and browsers fit together, form validations, databases, APIs, integrating with other websites, scaling issues, and more; all of which form part of the knowledge it takes to build a web application of your own.

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Web Development
Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 3 months
Skill Level
Intermediate
Included in Course
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Course Leads

  • Steve Huffman
    Steve Huffman

    Instructor

  • Sean Bennett
    Sean Bennett

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

How the Web Works

  • Learn basic concepts regarding the internet, browsers, and HTML.
  • Start using HTML (HyperText Markup Language) to format content for webpages.
  • HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) via GET and POST requests.
Lesson 1

How the Web Works

  • Learn basic concepts regarding the internet, browsers, and HTML.
  • Start using HTML (HyperText Markup Language) to format content for webpages.
  • HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) via GET and POST requests.
Lesson 2

Forms and Input

  • Learn about forms, a very common way to obtain input from users.
  • Learn how to get and process user input from webpages using Google App Engine.
Lesson 2

Forms and Input

  • Learn about forms, a very common way to obtain input from users.
  • Learn how to get and process user input from webpages using Google App Engine.
Lesson 3

Databases

Lesson 3

Databases

Lesson 4

User Accounts and Security

Lesson 4

User Accounts and Security

Lesson 5

APIs

Lesson 5

APIs

Lesson 6

Caching

Lesson 6

Caching

Lesson 7

Scaling Up

Lesson 7

Scaling Up

Prerequisites and Requirements

In order to take the full advantage of this course, we want you to be well prepared for it. This course assumes an intermediate proficiency programming with Python, as well as a solid knowledge on the following topics:

  • Basic computer science concepts such as procedures, decision statements, and loops.
  • Basic data structures such as lists, dictionaries, and hash tables.
  • Object-oriented programming.

Please feel free to peek at the Intro to Computer Science and Programming Foundations with Python courses to make sure you are comfortable with these required concepts for the course.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why Take This Course

By taking this course, you will embark on a digital adventure to build your very own application live on the web. Valuable lessons often come from experience, and it’s from this experience that Steve brings a fresh perspective to the classroom to show you how to approach building your web application in a way that assuages the potential challenges you may face. In this course, you will learn by doing. Once you dive into the course experience, you will work on awesome projects:

  • Have you ever thought about what it takes to build a blog from the ground up? Over the course of six lessons, you will build a blog together with Steve that will be fully functional, online, for anybody to read by the end of the course.

  • Have you ever wondered how a wiki works? As a final project for this course, you will be able to take all of your newly gained knowledge and apply it to build a complete wiki.

This course concentrates on back-end development, but regardless if you are interested in front-end development, back-end development, or anywhere in between the stack, this course will teach you the fundamental knowledge you need break into the web development world. Are you ready to dive in?

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals
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