Web Development with Python & MySQL


Professor:Sam Sultan [sam.sultan@nyu.edu]
Class website: [oit2.sps.nyu.edu/~sultans/pythonWeb] (or) [samsultan.com/pythonWeb]
Course Days: Mondays
Course Hours: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

  • 10/23/2019 - Classroom moved to 7 East 12 Street, room 225

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    + final project
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    + MySql examples/demos
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    Prerequisites - html1   html2   tables   forms  
    Session - 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   - Extra 11  

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    Learn the fundamentals of two of today's most popular tools. Python is an open-source programming language that has gained tremendous popularity in the past few years. It is a general purpose language that can practically accomplish any programming task. We will be using it to develop dynamic web sites. MySQL is the world's most popular open-source database management system. Because it is readily available, low cost, and easy to install and use, many Internet service providers use MySQL and offer access to MySQL database services to potential clients. Learn both Python and MySQL, and use this powerful combination to design user-friendly, form-based HTML front end web pages that communicate with MySQL database servers through Python to create dynamic websites.


    1. Course Objectives:

    The objective of this course is to teach you the fundamentals behind 2 powerful software tools. We will learn both Python as a programming language and SQL to connect to a MySQL database. Python is one one of the most popular languages in use today, and MySql is an open source database that is used in over 3 million installations. We will discuss Python's programming constructs including variable, lists, tuples, dictionaries, functions, etc. and how we use all those to connect to a database and to create a web site. We will also discuss the relational database model, and will learn about SQL (Structured Query language) both as an ANSI standard language and how MySql implements those standards. We will learn and use DDL (Data Definition Language) to create and delete database objects, and DML (Data Manipulation Language) to access and manipulate those objects.

    As part of this course, we will learn and use Python to create a bridge between the MySql database on the server side with HTML forms and other web presentation pages on the client side

    The focus of the course will be on the following topics:

    2. Student Learning Outcomes:

    BOOKS - (Required / Suggested)


    Details of Assignment and Evaluation.

    How to Submit Homeworks.

    - Homework assignments are always due the next session we meet.
    - Print out your homework code and output and bring with you to class the next time we meet.
    - I will either collect, or will ask students to discuss their solutions in class.
    - I will not accept homework via email unless you are not able to attend the class.
    - Multiple pages should be stapled together.

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    Grades are FINAL.

    Please do not negotiate for a better grade. If you are expecting to receive a grade of an "A" at the end of the semester, then I expect you to attend all sessions (unless I am notified ahead of time), to participate in these sessions, to keep up with the class reading material, and to complete your homework assigments. This will ensure that you stay current with the class content, and will ensure that you get a good grade on your test(s), project as well as your final grade.

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    [Week 1] 1 Introduction to Python.
    Python variables.
    Numeric and string operators.
    Comparison and logical operators.
    Working with Lists, Tuples, and Dictionaries.
    Control Structure and Program Flow.
    The if conditional statement.
    The while, and for loop statements.

    Reading: Chapters 2, 3, 6, 12 (Murach's Python Programming)
    [Week 2] 2 Working with Strings.
    String Functions
    Working with Numbers.
    Number Functions
    Working with Dates
    Date Functions
    Working with Lists, Tuples and Dictionaries
    List, Tuple and Dictionary Functions

    Reading: Chapters 9, 10, 11 (Murach's Python Programming)
    [Week 3] 3 HTTP - HyperText Transfer Protocol
    The client request
    The server response
    The GET and POST methods
    Accessing client headers
    Creating and adding server headers

    Reading: None
    [Week 4] 4 SQL - Structured Query language
    DDL - Data Definition language
    DML - Data Manipulation Language
    SQL standard vs. vendor extensions
    Our first database
    The SELECT statement
    The FROM clause
    The WHERE clause
    Comparison operators

    Reading: Chapters 2, 3 (Teach Yourself SQL in One Hour a Day)
    [Week 5] 5 Selecting data from multiple tables
    The join construct
    Old vs. new join syntax
    Normal or Inner join
    Cross join - Cartesian product
    Outer join vs. Inner join
    What is a Self Join
    Performance considerations

    Reading: Chapter 5 (Teach Yourself SQL in One Hour a Day)
    [Week 6] 6 Creating database objects
    What is a primary key?
    What is a foreign key?
    What is an index?
    Creating tables
    SQL data types
    Adding a primary key
    Adding constraints
    Creating Indexes
    Altering table definition
    Droping tables

    Reading: Chapter 9, 10, 15 (Teach Yourself SQL in One Hour a Day)
    [Week 6] 7 Manipulating data in tables
    Adding data with the INSERT statement
    INSERT with a SELECT statement
    Changing data with the UPDATE statement
    UPDATE with a SELECT statement
    Removing data with the DELETE statement
    DELETE with a SELECT statement
    The TRUNCATE statement
    The REPLACE statement (MySql)

    Reading: Chapter 11 (Teach Yourself SQL in One Hour a Day)
    [Week 7] 8 Accessing HTML form data
    The GET method
    The POST method
    Connecting to a database
    Inserting, Updating & Deleting from databases
    Querying databases

    Reading: Chapters 17 (Murach's Python Programming)
    [Week 7] 9 SQL built-in Functions
    Arithmetic functions - ABS, RAND, ROUND, TRUNCATE
    Character functions - CONCAT, LENGTH, SUBSTR, TRANSLATE
    The CASE expression
    Date functions - Current date, date manipulation, date formatting

    Reading: Chapter 7, 12 (Teach Yourself SQL in One Hour a Day)
    [Week 8] 10 Aggregating and Grouping
    Aggregate functions - COUNT, SUM, AVG, MIN, MAX
    Grouping with GROUP BY clause
    The HAVING clause
    The ROLLUP feature
    Sorting with the ORDER BY clause

    Reading: Chapter 4 (Teach Yourself SQL in One Hour a Day)

    - Final Exam -
    - Final Project due -
    [Extra] 11 Database Design
    The Logical and Physical Model
    Understanding data normalization
    First normal form
    Second normal form
    Third normal form
    Pros & cons of data normalization
    Denormalizing data
    Entiry relationships
    One-to-one relationship
    One-to-many relationship
    Many-to-many relationship
    Designing Self-join relationship

    Reading: Chapter 8 (Teach Yourself SQL in One Hour a Day)

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