My name is Ricardo Hoar, a professor of Computer Science & Information Systems at Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary. I’m starting this blog to let the world know about a textbook project I’m co-authoring with my colleague Randy Connolly, author of Core Internet Application Development with ASP.NET.
What does not currently exist though is an academic textbook that could be used in a 2 to 3 course stream on web development. Something that ensures students leave with a mastery of the principals, best practices and practicalities of web development. This project aims to write that book, providing you with updates and thoughts along the way.
While a server-side programming language is needed to illustrate examples and guide students through the lab sections we have designed our book to span a range of language agnostic topics including authentication, session management and search engine optimization, to name a few.
While the first edition will use PHP and a LAMP stack as our environment our intention is to eventually develop a 2nd version using ASP.NET and a windows hosting environment.
We hope you join us along the way, send us suggestions, and generally enjoy getting the inside track on the Fundamentals of Web Development.