Web Programming & Some Basics

Web programming can be easy and fun!  It involves one’s ability to tell a computer what to do.  Web Programming is giving written instructions in a meaningful way that allows the computer to understand and respond.  As individual pieces of instruction are provided to the computer, the computer performs each directive in an orderly, pre-determined fashion.  In essence, web programming allows one to create new software so the computer can perform new duties, so to speak.

With web-site programming, you write web pages that are utilized by a web browser.  Web-site programming can be quite easy; and you would be writing applications that run on a web server that can be operated by many people.  A few examples of widely-used web applications are:  Flickr, Gmail and Google Maps.  One can upload/view pictures, send email, locate directions, etc.– all made possible through web-site programming.

With a basic understanding of programming knowledge,  even without fully comprehending a lot of obscure, ‘mysterious’  web technology, you can create web applications for use on a PC,  for use on a local network or to be hosted onto the internet.

Web Programming Follows Instructions:

So, how does it work?  Essentially, you will embed code into your usual HTML pages.  For example:  <html>

<head>

<title>My Web Page</title>

</head>

<body>

<?php

print date (“Y/m/d”) ;

?>

</body>

</html>

When you access your page with a browser, your web server will read through your HTML page, literally line by line, and when it comes in contact with a programming language, it will perform the code, provided.  In this particular example, it writes out the current date on the page and then sends that page back to your web browser.  The browser acknowledges a normal webpage with a date, but the server will produce a different webpage when it is loaded on a different date.

Web Programming Adds Dynamics:

Web-site programming permits the transformation of a static HTML into a dynamic, Web 2.0 work of art.   It allows others to interact with your website and use the application on any computer with access to the Internet.  Web-site programming is, often times, easier than programming applications that will run right on the computer.

Web-site programming will be essential if you desire to edit or create anything eye-catching and vibrant on your website, such as a forum or guestbook.

Web Programming Languages:

All web-programming is accomplished through web-programming languages.  These can include static technologies, such as HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and XML.  Most web-site programming is achieved using server-side web-programming languages.  This code runs on the server and then gives static information back to the web-browser.

A few of the most popular web-programming languages are:

1— PHP:  one of the most widely-used web-programming languages, and is highly-rated~

2— ASP.NET:  the brainchild of Microsoft~

3— Ruby on Rails:  designs and implements web applications, quickly~

4— Perl:  widely used since 1987~

5— JSP:  can be used on almost any platform using Apache Tomcat~

6— Python:   the web-programming language the Google search engine was created with~

May your web-programming accomplishments serve you well!

My name is Karen. I am an educator in Iowa by trade.  I also write professionally on a wide range of topics, including real estate, sprinkler repair, web programming and many more.