Designing Solutions Through Programming block 1 Lesson Notes - September 8

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Target.png Our Big Idea[edit]

The function of every web application system is to accept data, process data and output information. Effective design of interdependent components results in useful function.

Class plan.png What are we going to learn today?[edit]

Hello Class!

By the end of class you will be able to say:


  • I can define command line environment
  • I can define a graphical user interface
  • I can describe the difference between a command line a graphical user interface
  • I can describe what the following commands do:
    • ls -ltr
    • cd
    • pwd
    • clear
  • I can describe a remote host
  • I can describe a local host
  • I can describe the difference between a local host and a remote host
  • I can demonstrate how to connect to the school server in Frankfurt, Germany (click here if you get confused)
  • I can use the command line terms to navigate to my web directory

New Learning[edit]

  • I can describe the characteristics of a web application (input processing output)
  • I can look at an application and imagine what problem it might be solving
  • I can outline the idea of request / response for a webserver, and I can outline the idea of a response code
  • I can define PHP
  • I can describe PHP
  • I can customize our editor, midnight commander
  • I can outline the basic syntax of PHP
  • I can construct two different types of comments in PHP
  • I can output text in PHP
  • I can declare variables in PHP

Homework.png What is our homework?[edit]

Target.png How am I being assessed today?[edit]

I will assess you formatively today, and make a professional judgement to what extent you understand our learning material. I will use observation, your written work, answers to questions, and contribution to class discussions as data to make my decisions. I normally record my observations in a "evidence of learning" spreadsheet, which I will happily share with you privately if you so wish. I usually need a day or two notice.

Computer1.png As a computer scientist, you have:[edit]

  • Confidence in dealing with complexity
  • Persistence in working with difficult problems
  • Tolerance for ambiguity
  • The ability to deal with open-ended problems
  • The ability to communicate and work with others to achieve a common goal or solution

Credit.png Credits[edit]