- Words of advice / FAQ
The development of a small dynamic website using the technologies studied during the course.
The assignment should be done in groups of 2 elements. The constitution of these groups should be proposed by the students themselves but approved by the teacher to ensure they are balanced.
The theme of the website should also be proposed by the students and approved by the teacher.
Students are expected to divide into groups of 2 (if the class has an odd number of students, a single 3-person group will be allowed).
Students must register their groups in Moodle and validate their project topic with the professor of the practical class.
Date: Practical class of Week 3
First delivery (30% of Project component)
The first delivery will be a small report (6 pages maximum), containing:
- Description of your topic, in a similar way as you see in the exercises from the practical classes.
- UML diagram that represents the problem. The UML diagram should have at least 8 classes and cover as much of the UML language as possible (quantity ≠ quality).
- Relational model of the database. As an indication, 10-12 tables is a healthy count.
The document must be a single PDF file, submitted via Moodle. In the cover page students must write:
- Name of the topic
- Full name of all members of the group and institutional emails
- Number of their practical class
Delivery date: 3rd November 2019 at 23:59
Second delivery (70% of Project component)
The second delivery will be the website itself:
- SQL script to create the database.
- All PHP, CSS, images and other files in a zipped file.
- A README.txt file in the root folder containing data about the authors and how to install the project at the FEUP web server gnomo.fe.up.pt.
- No frameworks or external libraries are allowed (jQuery, Bootstrap, Angular, CSS pasted from StackOverflow etc…). You must write everything from scratch, and any unlawful behaviour will be strongly punished.
Delivery date: 15rd December 2019 at 23:59
Presentation: In the last practical class of the semester.
Format of presentation: The presentation will be carried out by the students and to the teachers of the practical classes. No slides are required, and only the working website should be presented.
Here are some last minute checks to do before sending in your work.
- Did you run your whole script on a blank database in the Server? does it run without errors?
- Did you validate your HTML and CSS?
- Do all your web pages render correctly in the browser, without 404 errors (use the browser inspector for this)
- Does your ZIP file actually contain everything that is expected?
Penalty for delays
When students do not deliver their work within the deadline, the whole group will receive a penalty of 20% per day of delay. Example: if you deliver a work 2 days late, your grade for that delivery will be multiplied by 60% and the result will be your final grade.
Deliveries submitted 5 or more days after the deadline will not be considered and the group in question will receive a classification of zero.
Important: Imagine something is missing from your submission package or report. If you submit a new version at a later time you will be penalized for delay over the entire work as if you had only submitted at the moment of the second submission. Check and double-check your submissions to avoid undesirable situations.
Words of advice / FAQ
Here is some advice and answers to common questions. For successful and fun experience during the course, read these carefully.
Do the database right, before moving to code
Without the proper foundation (a correct database schema) any code you write on top will not work properly. Finish and validate your database schema with your practical class professor before starting to code.
It is a good idea to work smart instead of hard. Split your problem into smaller ones, prioritize those, and add more features as time allows. Basic functionality like a list in a homepage or the login should not fail on the day of the demo, especially if you spent time implementing other “optional” features.
In the professional world, all client requirements are broken down into smaller features that must be prioritized, their effort estimated, and some even need to be dropped. What seems very interesting / essential today may not seem like a good idea two weeks from now, and may be dropped algether.
Keep it simple
Make the CSS simpler but cleaner (write less code and validate it as you go). If the website has so many issues that I cannot navigate it easily or even find all the features you implemented… your grade will suffer. Simple and working is always better than complex and buggy.
Learn to use Git
Git is a great way to keep track of code modifications within your team and merge changes into a clean, organized codebase. No more emailing ZIP files between your colleagues and copying and pasting the changes by hand!
GitHub is a safe place to put your code while you are writing it, just make sure to create a private repository. They provide free Pro accounts for students and educators, so I think you should register here.
BitBucket is also a great free alternative, with similar benefits for students and educators. Atlassian, the creators of BitBucket, provide a very nice and free GUI program, SourceTree, for working with any Git repository (not just BitBucket) if you do not wish to use the git command line.
Note: I am not in any way affiliated with these solutions nor do I get any benefit for promoting them. You are free to use them or not.
Please do not wait until the last week to work seriously on the project. Coding (especially CSS) is not something you want to in all-nighter.
Unequal sharing of work
If something is not going well in a project group, I need to know as soon as possible, and I trust you to tell me of any anomalies. I will not enquire about this, and in the absence of any complaints, I will assume everything is OK with the work group.
I will not accept complaints about this after the grades are published.
Do not wait until the last weekend before the delivery of the work to start emailing me questions about it. I have a personal life too and you may not get an answer in time.