Web programming

Units WEB1P and WEB2P

WEB1P unit schedule 2010-2011 semester 1

Subject to revision

The topics covered in the unit will include:

The architecture of web applications: clients and servers; the HTTP protocol. Static versus dynamic web content. How web servers generate dynamic content (CGI; built-in; bolt-on approaches). 
Developing dynamic web pages using the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE). Approaches using servlets and Java Server Pages (JSP). Accessing request and response attributes. Scriptlets. The request, session and servlet context scopes. Comparison of Java approaches with Perl and other languages. 
Structuring applications. The Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern. Implementing MVC using Java: beans, servlets and JSP pages. Linking servlets and JSPs to respond to a request. Application layering. 
Linking a web application to a database. Java Database Connectivity (JDBC). Connections and pooling. SQL statements in the application. Transactions. 
Dynamic HTML: making a web page dynamic. JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets. Image processing. Verifying forms. Event handling. Implementation of complex user interface elements. Separation of form and content. 
The marketplace for website tools: servers, browsers, databases, etc. 
Session number
University week number Date
(Tuesday except
where stated)
Lecture topic Practical topic
9 28th September 2010

Introduction (unit admin topics)

Web architecture; HTTP and CGI; Alternatives to CGI

PPT slides

Web marketplace

Introduction to NetBeans

Java catch up


5th October

Passing data from an HTML page to a program

PPT slides

Using NetBeans to create servlets and JSPs

Web programming exercises

11 12th October

Web programming in Java (servlets and JSPs)

Servlet and JSP PPT slides

MVC PPT slides


19th October

13 26th October No lecture  
14 2nd November

Client side programming with JavaScript and DHTML

PPT slides

Example programs

JavaScript exercises

15 9th November
8 16 16th November

Databases and persistence in Java ( PPT slides)

Web programming exercises
9 17 23rd November  
10 18 30th November

Security (PPT slides)

Review of servlet exercises
11 19 7th December Spare slot 2  
  19 Friday 10th December Supervised Work Session  
12 20 14th December

SWS review



Last updated by Prof Jim Briggs of the School of Computing at the University of Portsmouth

The web programming units include some material that was formerly part of the WPRMP, WECPP, WPSSM and WEMAM units.