Time to build your website! This is where all the hard work put into the design phase pays off. Following your design, carefully assemble the project. Do this one piece at a time, testing as you go. Be sure to set time aside in your schedule. Start early and work often. Sometimes the simplest task takes the most time to complete.
For some projects, programming will be minimal. Those folks will have their hands full scanning images, recording sounds, and pulling the whole kit-and-caboodle together. For other projects, coding will represent a significant part of the whole. Both groups will have plenty of "HOW DO WE ... ?" questions. That is where your CS110 advisor and the Q&A conference will come in handy. We like to help.
Here's links to the coding information on this page:
The top 5% of the coding grade is reserved for teams who demonstrate conspicuous excellence in their project. How can you get those extra points? You must, somehow, go above and beyond ordinary achievement. There are many ways, but there is no checklist, any more than there is a checklist for great writing, great science or great design. An excellent website may have extra features, extraordinary beauty and harmony, clever coding, unusual scale or something else or some combination. It is our expectation that we will award relatively few of these extra points - if you get any of these points, you should be very proud of yourself.
For the purposes of the course, your pages must display properly using the Firefox browser, and will be viewed and graded using Firefox. However, it may by important to your client that the pages work on other browsers, as well. In particular, Internet Explorer is in wide use in the outside world. If that is the case, you may make an effort to satisfy your client by addressing browser compatibility (but you will not be penalized in the course if your pages do not display properly in other browsers).
Documentation of your work is an important aspect of the development of the project. It will help others, who will possibly try, at some point, to extend or modify your site, to figure out what is done and how it is done. Documentation will also be a big help to you, the creators of the file, when, during the next phase - the debugging phase - you will come back to tackle existing problems. It will also help you write the maintenance document.
Each file must be commented, so that you and others
maintaining the document can keep notes about it. We can
distinguish the top-of-file comment from comments spread along
the file. The top-of-file comment consists of a paragraph that
gives information about the creator of the file, the time of its
creation and the purpose of the file, as well as its modification
history. Of course, this paragraph should not be read by the
browser or by users; it is there to be read only by people like
you who are editing the page. For that reason, it should be
included as an HTML comment. (As a reminder, comments may be
included in HTML documents by using the comment tag,
-->. Everything included between these tags will be ignored by
the browser.) Someone should be able to get a good idea of what a
certain file is doing, and how it is doing it, just by looking at
the top-of-file documentation.
A normal, uncomplicated file would just have a comment like this at the top:
<!-- FILE NAME: research/index.html WRITTEN BY: Wendy Wellesley WHEN: April 2012 PURPOSE: describe the general research area and provide links to other sites -->
You can see an example like this by viewing the source for this page.
As an example of a comment in a more complicated file, here is the top-of-file documentation taken from one of the CS110 files:
If more than one person worked on the same file, you can just give both names in the comment.
Artists sign their work, and most of you will want to as well. Therefore, you may want to put, in a small font, your names and maybe the date, at the bottom of the page. These are called "dog tags," by analogy with the name and address information hung around the necks of dogs, cats, and soldiers. The pages in the CS110 site, including this one, all have dog tags. It is not required by us, but LTS does require it for pages on the college server. In any event, you might consider it.
We teach you a lot, but only a small fraction of the many
students go beyond what we learn in class, in order to add cool
features to their websites, so we encourage you to do so. In
addition to the resources on the CS110 website, there are many
websites out there with tricks and tips, tutorials and code to
borrow and use. We'll call this
outside code. Using those
is fine, but there are some bounds on this:
Our point here is not to scare you. We do want to your expand your capabilities, challenge yourself, build amazing things and have fun doing it.
Midway through your project coding, we'd like a brief status report. If you think we're trying to check up on you, you're right; we are, but in a good way. If everything is going fine and you're on schedule, you need only say so. If problems have arisen and you've fallen behind schedule, let us know, and tell us how you're planning to remedy the problem.
This is not a graded assignment, and there will be no penalty if you report that you've fallen behind. However, the coding phase is graded, and so it's to your advantage to let us know if there are problems while there's still time to correct the problems. We will be far more upset if we don't find out that there are problems until just before the coding is due, when there's no time to fix it.
This is also a good time to get together with your partner (if you haven't already), to check on how each other is doing. Some groups work very autonomously, which can be good, but it can work out badly if one team member has fallen behind and her partner doesn't know it.
Some of the biggest challenges of doing a big project in a group are coordinating with your partner and staying on schedule; learning how to do this is an important part of why we use group projects in this course.
So, don't let this assignment stress you out. It's only here to help.
Email your advisor with a few sentences or paragraphs, saying whether you're meeting the schedule as you put it in your design document. If all is well, this need not be more than a sentence saying so. If your plans have gone awry, as they so often do, say so and say what you'll do to get back on track. In particular, say what isn't done, and a schedule for getting it done by the coding deadline.
We only need one email per team, but please cc your partner on the email so that we know both of you are in agreement with the status.
Often, students make simple mistakes in the coding phase of the project that could be easily remedied if they only noticed them. So, just before the coding deadline, you should review your code for errors. Here's how to avoid some common ones that we've seen in the past:
You can, of course, check these on your own and help one another,
but sometimes a more experienced pair of eyes can help. We are
offering the opportunity for a
checkup: a quick look-over of your
site with your project advisor. In the week before the coding phase
is due, your advisor will meet with you and spend up to 15 minutes
checking your code and pointing out problems.
A face-to-face checkup may be scheduled the week before the coding phase is due, at times your advisor has specified as available. At least one of the project partners must be present at the meeting.
If you are unable to schedule a face-to-face meeting with your advisor, you may alternately request an online checkup (your advisor will view your beta site online, and give you feedback via email). However, you must request the offline checkup by the deadline shown on the syllabus, so that your advisor has time to look at your code and give you feedback in a timely fashion).
WARNING: This checkup is not intended to be a guarantee of a perfect grade! It is simply a way to help you identify some common defects. Of course, there is more to a great site than just avoiding defects, just as a paper without typos and spelling errors isn't necessarily a great paper. Still, we hope you'll find it valuable to have this checklist and the opportunity for a checkup.
Points will be awarded in the following categories:
Gather together all the files and folders of your website and
place them into a single folder, called
beta. Upload the
beta folder to the
folder of your team account on the CS110 server. Make sure
you do this by the deadline given in the syllabus.
beta version should be debugged and ready for the
end user. All links, graphics, sounds, animations, dog tags,
should be in place. Links and animations must work. All
graphics should have ALT attributes. Your instructor may
partially base your grade on how well a tester (randomly
selected from your intended audience) fares with your
You must also
submit an accompanying HTML document named
to your team's
Documents folder. This document should detail and justify all
substantive changes from your design, so that we won't think it was just a mistake or
oversight. Although your site should fulfill the requirements and match the design in
most details, we understand that you're still
learning web design, so you will probably discover that you'll
want to change some of your design decisions by the time you get to the coding phase.
Similarly, your client may make some changes during this time. Your document need not be as
long and elaborate as your design document, but it should clearly describe what changed.
What specifically should you include in your changes document? Your
P3_changes.html file should contain a LINK TO the
start page for your website (you'll have many many files
in your directory, we need to know where to begin touring
your site). For example, in
you could write something like this: Start touring our website here where the
P3_changes.html file should also include:
1. How each of the team members fulfilled their minimum requirements. For example:
Both your website and the
are due by the coding deadline in the syllabus, and may
not be changed after the due
You can reference the coding document feedback form that we will be using for grading if interested.