This class is taught in English as part of the Master 1 Informatique of Université Côte d'Azur.

Academic Year 2023-2024

II semester, 3 ECTS.

Previous Editions: 2022-2023, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, 2019-2020, 2018-2019.

Instructor: Prof. Andrea G. B. Tettamanzi.


The Web, originally intended to be an open document-sharing platform, has evolved into a distributed platform for the deployment and execution of applications, to the point that it can now be viewed as a sort of global operating system (the programmable web). It has also become a "social machine" and a technological infrastructure for collective intelligence, which constitutes an interesting and complex subject of study. The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the architecture, standards, languages, and models that allow this huge distributed system to function, without forgetting its societal impact.


This course consists of 12 hours of lectures (cours magistral, CM) and 12 hours of lab sessions (travaux dirigés sur machine, TD). Every 3-hour session consists of a lecture followed by a lab session, with a 15-minutes break in between.

Class Schedule

Unit # Date Subject
1 Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 09:00-12:00 The Web's Architecture and Protocols
Lab Session
2 Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 09:00-12:00 A refresher on HTML, CSS, and the Document Object Model
Lab Session
3 Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 14:00-17:00 The Common Gateway Interface and Server-side Programming
Lab Session
4 Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 14:00-17:00 Client-side Programming (JavaScript and the HTML5 API)
Lab Session
5 Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 14:00-17:00 Persistence, AJAX, and REST
Lab Session
6 Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 14:00-17:00 An introduction to Web Services, UDDI, and SOAP
Lab Session: writing a minimal REST API with Flask-RESTful
(Here are links to the Flask framework and to its RESTful extension, that you will have to install first)
7 Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 14:00-17:00 Web Ergonomics
Lab Session
8 Monday, June 10, 2024, 14:00-17:00 Web Science: The Web as an object of study
Lab Session
Exam Friday, June 14, 2024, 10:00 Written Test (similar to the 2019 test, given here as an example; notes/documents are not allowed).



The slides used in class may be downloaded by clicking on the title of the corresponding lecture.

On-Line Resources

The official W3C HTML and CSS standards.


The final grade is computed as the average of three individual grades:

Last Updated on April 2, 2024