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HCDE310: Interactive Systems Design & Technology - Schedule - A17

WeekDatesTopicSuggested Reading
(complementary in parens)
Homework
1 Sept 28

Introduction to the Course, Computers, and Python.

Zelle ch 1
(Downey ch 1)

Downey ch 2, 6-7
Zelle ch 2, 4.1-4.4, 4.6, 3
Zelle 11.2 — 11.2.2

HW0: SW installation; basic string operations

2 Oct 3, 5

Operations on strings and lists. Iteration on sequences. File operations. Version control.

Zelle ch 3
(Downey ch 6 & 7)

Zelle ch 7
Downey ch 4

Zelle 11.6;
Zelle 4.5
(Downey ch 5)

HW1: Count chars, words, lines in a file. File operations.

3 Oct 10, 12

Conditionals

Dictionary data structure

Functions. Parameter passing and returning values

Mashups & APIs

Zelle ch 3
(Downey ch 6 & 7)

Zelle ch 7
Downey ch 4

Zelle 11.6;
Zelle 4.5
(Downey ch 5)

P0: Find an interesting API

HW2: Contributor counts

4 Oct 17, 19

Indefinite iteration; nested data structure, and nested iteration

JSON processing

Introduction to Objects

Ideation & Prioritization

Zelle ch 6
(Downey ch 6 & 7)

“The Art of Brainstorming”

HW3: Do more than HW2, with less. Output as .csv files; generate charts in Google Docs, Excel, or D3

P1: Adding value to data

5 Oct 24, 26

Objects and Classes

Mid-quarter course feedback

URL lib; Try/except;

Zelle ch 8

Zelle ch 10
(Downey chapters 15-18)

Tutorial on urllib2;
Zelle 7.4

HW4: Calculate likes and comment frequencies from a JSON feed, use classes
6 Oct 31, Nov 2

REST APIs

Sorting

List comprehensions

Note: Sean will be away 31 October. Class will likely be review / homework time.

Sorting tutorial

List comprehensions: Wikipedia; another explanation w/ nice examples

HW5: Fetching and processing a live feed.
7 Nov 7, 9

Google App Engine Intro

HTML & CSS (briefly), Jinja Templates, working with forms in App Engine.

HTML tutorial

Severance ch 2; CSS tutorial

Getting started with App Engine

P2: Project proposal.

HW6: APIs, Sorting, more data processing.

8 Nov 14, 16

15 Nov: API Data in App Engine.

17 Nov: Review time. Bring questions. (Note: Sean away)

Review — exercises from books.

HW7: App Engine & APIs

Review

9 Nov 21

21 November: Exam in class (tentative)

23 November: No class. Thanksgiving!

10 Nov 28, 30

29 Nov: App Engine & OAuth

1 Dec: App engine Datastore

11 Dec 5, 7

Map-Reduce

Note: Sean will be away 7 December. That class will be for project time.

Using datastore

Using the users service

Map-Reduce: tutorial (don't worry too much about the syntax), App Engine Overview

R1: Resource writeup

F Dec 13
TBD
P3 & P4: Final projects due / presentations
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