Web Programming, Technologies, and Applications

from Ideas to Systems to Real Impact


This course gives a comprehensive, self-contained, and up-to-date introduction to the web/app development. We focus on the development challenges in real-world situations and present guidelines, tools, and best practices. Students are asked to team up and build real, useful applications (websites and/or mobile apps) accessible to the public in the end.

The classes are divided into three parts. First, we give a primer to web fundamentals such as HTTP, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. We cover different programming paradigms, including the OOP and functional programming. Handy tools such as Git are covered to get students familiar with the project-based and team-based development. In the second part, we introduce modern web development techniques such as responsive design, Bootstrap, ES6/7, React, and Redux. Last, we extend our horizon to the backend and mobile development landscapes by introducing the Node.js, PostgreSQL database system, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and React Native. We also give case studies on how to leverage Machine Learning algorithms to convert raw user data into the AI.



Teaching Assistants

Time & Location

  • Video lectures: announced at Thur. afternoon
  • Labs: Thur. 1:20-2:10pm at Delta 105
  • Office hour: Wed. 3:30-5:20pm at Delta 723/724

Grading Policy

  • Labs & homework: 30%
  • Business plan: 20%
  • Problem & value validation: 20%
  • MVP: 30%


This course requires students to have solid understanding of

  • Data Structure,
  • Programming (in C/C++ or Java)
and the ability to trace a nontrivial project (e.g., one on the GitHub). We use Javascript as the main programming language throughout the course. Although being helpful, prior knowledge about Javascript is not necessary.



If you have any feedback, feel free to contact: shwu [AT] cs.nthu.edu.tw

Lecture 00


About This Course... | FAQ


Lecture 01


Web Development | Basic HTML | Idea Generation | Lean Canvas

Video Slides

General Rules and Introduction to Git

This lab guides you through the main idea of version control systems, the basic usage of Git, and how to submit on our GitLab.


Git Command-line Tool Installation

This appendix guides you how to install Git command-line tool.


Lecture 02


Basic CSS | Selector | Layout | Stacking order

Video Slides

Bonus: How to Make Your Project Real?

Idea Generation

Here are some tips that help you to generate “good” Ideas.

Video Slides

Business Plan & Execution

How to start your business plan


Lecture 03

Bootstrap and Responsive Design

Product Design | Landing Page Demo | Basic Bootstrap | Layout | Flexbox | Media Queries | Containers | Grid sysem | Components | Tools

Video Slides

Lecture 04

Javascript & DOM

Primitive Types | Object Types | Primitives v.s Objects | Expressions | Control Flows | Methods | DOM | Event Handling

Video Slides

Product Design

Here are some basic entrepreneur concept you should know before starting coding.

Video Slides


Here are some tips for how to retain your users.


Lecture 05

Modern Javascript

Node.js | Webpack | Vendor Bundling | Packing CSS | Babel | Block Scoped Variables | Arrow Functions | Default Rest Spread | Destructuring | Template String Literals | Enhanced Object Literals | Classes and Inheritance | Symbols | Iterators and Generators | Property Initializers | OOP vs. FP

Video Slides

Lecture 06


React | Components | JSX | States and Data flow | Form Elements | More JSX | Client-side Routing | AJAX | Debugging | Weather mood project

Video Slides


ES8 Async | Await


Lecture 07


Redux | Why Redux | Action and Reducers | Splitting Reducers | Async Actions and Middleware | React+Redux | Remarkers | DevTools

Video Slides

Growth & Revenue

Revenue | Growth | Psychology-based Tactics


Lecture 08

Backend Developement and Node.js

Node.js | Events and Asynchrnonous I/O | NPM and Yarg | Debugging | RESTful API | Express | Nodemon and Postman | Cloud Computing | Docker | AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Video Slides

Lecture 09

Database Systems

Data Modeling | SQL Language | Surviving Big Data | Text Indexing | AWS RDS and Deployment

Video Slides

Lecture 10

Web Security & Authentication

This lecture introduces the basics of web security.


Team & Fund Raising



Lecture 11

React Native

React Native | Styling | Event Handling | Images and Icons | Data Access and Persistence | NativeBase | ScrollView and ListView | Navigation

Video Slides


Here are some course materials and resources related to this course. For code and its details (such as assigned reading, project links, quiz, etc.) please refer to the GitLab. For online forum please refer to the iLMS system.

GitLab iLMS System

Reference Books

  • Alexander Osterwalder, Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers, 2010

  • Eric Ries, The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, 2011

  • Peter Thiel, Blake Masters, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, 2014

Online Tutorial