CS190 The Web: Concepts and Technologies

[ Lecture Notes and Schedule]

Course overview

Final project presentations: May 2nd, 4:30pm, in Computer Lab


Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30pm-3:45pm  Room: Math & Science Center W304 (Lectures) and E308 (Labs)

Course Description:

This course will be a guided tour through the concepts, ideas, and technology underlying the web's evolution into the modern ecosystem for commerce, information finding, and social interaction. We will also gain hands-on programming experience with key web applications such as search, online social networks, and web services. The assignments will primarily consist of lab exercises and individual and group programming projects to develop Web and Web 2.0 applications to do cool stuff.

Important: information on the class class website:   
always supersedes this syllabus.


  • Theory and history:
    • Web infrastructure: history, networking/protocols, hardware, energy
    • Web services: mash-ups (usage) and underlying technology
    • Search: history, algorithms, structure of the web, technology (implementation)
    • Web 2.0 and online social networks: influence, search, technology
  • Understanding important Web artifacts and applications:
    • E-commerce, advertising
    • Abuse: spam, hacking and the gray areas
    • Web 2.0 artifacts: (Blogs, Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers, FB, Twitter)
  • Practice/implementation
    • Basic Web development
    • Dynamic Web services + mash-ups
    • Online advertising (w/ Google AdWords)
    • Facebook development platform


Just like in any other class, the ability to think clearly and analytically is key to success in this class. A good understanding of high-school level mathematics and logic is helpful.  Most importantly, a strong interest in learning about the web and the underlying web technologies is essential. This course will be fun and you will learn alot, but expect to spend the time and effort developing, experimenting, and tweaking your projects.


Assigned readings will be available online: texts will include accessible popular press and scientific articles, and occasionally parts of textbook chapters as needed. The expected reading amount will 1-2 articles (or book chapters) per week.


Helpful reference (strongly recommended):

Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites



Individual assignments

5 total, mostly of them early in the semester


Group small projects

2 total, roughly 2 weeks for each one


Group final project

1 total, roughly 3-4 weeks long

10% 5%

Pop Quizzes

6-8 total, roughly every two weeks



ask good questions, participate in discussions... the usual.

Ways to connect:

Facebook group and/or Twitter account for this class: TBD



Professor Eugene Agichtein


E500 (5th floor), Emerson Hall. Telephone: (404) 727-7962

Office Hours:

Currently: by appointment. Email:


Office: Computer Lab 308
Office hours: TBD



Course policies:

-          Assignments are due the midnight of the due date (11:59pm).

o   Late submissions are penalized by 10% for each day late, up to 3 days late max

-          Class work is covered by the Emory Honor Code policies (summary: no cheating or plagiarizing from other students or the web.  I know how to search the Web :-)

Last updated: 15 January 2013