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Web Application Technologies and Django

Discover the basics of web app development, learn how a browser interacts with a server, and use Django to build web pages easily.

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Become a master of web app development and Django

Gain a thorough understanding of how web pages are built – and try building one yourself. By learning how to use a Django application, you can begin to craft simple web pages in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).

Learn the basics of web application development

On this course, you’ll do more than just learn the basic structure of a web application. You’ll explore the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) request-response cycle. You’ll also learn useful HTTP methods such as GET and POST.

This course also offers an introduction to HTML, so you’ll be comfortable with it when it comes to programming.

Install and deploy a Django application and understand the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern

You can get up-close and personal with Django, a world-leading Python-based software, and will explore the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern for web applications and see how it relates to Django.

Discover its basics, and learn to install and implement a Django application effortlessly. By the end of this course, you’ll know how to deploy a Django application using a service such as PythonAnywhere, so it’s available over the Internet.

Build web pages in HTML

Explore exciting opportunities when you build your own web page using HTML and style it using CSS. You will also learn the basic operations of SQL, so you’ll have more than one programming language at your disposal to develop your skills in web application design.

What topics will you cover?

  • Explain the basics of HTTP and how the request-response cycle works
  • Install and deploy a simple DJango application
  • Build simple web pages in HTML and style them using CSS
  • Explain the basic operations in SQL

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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the basics of HTTP and how the request-response cycle works
  • Develop, install and deploy a simple Django application
  • Design simple web pages in HTML and style them using CSS
  • Explain the basic operations in SQL

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who’s interested in web application development. If you’re looking for a career in web design, this course will introduce you to all the basic concepts you need.

Some basic Python programming experience is useful for this course.

Who will you learn with?

Charles is a Clinical Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He is the Chair of the Sakai Project Management Committee (PMC).

Who developed the course?

University of Michigan

As the #1 public research university in the United States, U-M has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years, with 102 Grad programs in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).

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    Top 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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