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Full Stack Foundations

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In this course you will learn the fundamentals of back-end web development! You will create your own web application that queries a database for items on restaurant menus and then dynamically generates complete menus in the form of web pages and API endpoints.

You’ll start by learning how to interact with a database from a web application using an Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) layer. From there, you’ll learn how GET and POST requests translate to CRUD operations. You’ll then explore the Flask framework and the various ways in which it can speed up the development of your applications. Finally, you’ll develop your very own web application from the ground up using the iterative development process.

Why Take This Course?

Interacting with a persistent datastore is what transforms static web pages into powerful and effective web applications. Giving users the ability to create, read, update and delete data is the backbone of the most popular services on the Internet today. But, you must do so safely and securely - the smallest mistake could bring your application down or leak your user’s data.

In this course, you’ll discover how all of the major components of web applications work and best practices in developing secure, data-driven web applications.


Lesson 1 - Working with the CRUD

In the first lesson, you will learn about CRUD; Create, Read, Update, and Delete. You will learn why this acronym is important in web development and implement CRUD operations on a database. You will also learn to use an ORM (Object-Relational Mapping) as an alternative to SQL.

Lesson 2 - Making a Web Server

In the second lesson, you will build a web server from scratch using Python and some of the pre-installed libraries it includes. You will learn what GET and POST requests are and how we use them to retrieve and modify information on a web site. We will then use the concepts learned in Lesson 1 to add CRUD functionality to our website.

Lesson 3 - Developing with Frameworks

In the third lesson, we will discuss web frameworks like Django and Ruby on Rails. You will see how web frameworks simplify the development process and allow us to create web applications faster. We will use the Flask web framework to develop our own web application. We will also discuss API's (Application Programming Interfaces) and add JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) endpoints to our application to allow data to be sent in a format alternative to HTML.

Lesson 4 - Iterative Development

In the last lesson, you will build an entire web application on your own. You will learn about the iterative development process and how developing iteratively allows you to have a working prototype throughout all stages of the development process.

Taught by

Lorenzo Brown

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Anonymous completed this course.
I don't know why so many people are complaining against this course.

This course is great!

Either the people who are complaining incredibly dumb, or they are lazy.

Yes, some parts of the codes are not explained (in the CRUD section) but a little "Google" can help you with that. People who don't like coding might find some parts of this course boring.

Also, one review mentions that finding the solution code was hard . LOL. There's just one github repository, how hard is it to search in a github repository? In fact, you don't even need to search the repository, because the links to the solution codes were given directly in the instructor code.

I think it is a good course. It cleared a lot of my concepts.

ps: I was complete noobie to web development before this course.
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Bobby B
by Bobby completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This was a true disappointment. Riddled with errors that made completing the material impossible and an instructor who just copied and pasted code without explaining any of it. I spent all of my time teaching myself outside of Udacity how to use Flask & SQLAlchemy with multiple flavors of databases. This class was the reason I quit the Full Stack Nanodegree.
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I'm almost done with this module (module no.6 of 10) as part of the Full Stack Nanodegree program. I had previously considered module 4 (back-end) as the worst, until I dug into this gem. There are two sub-modules, CRUD and OAuth. Both are truly awful and a grand waste of time. Having gone over those...
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Jeanette S
by Jeanette completed this course.
If you already know some Python, HTML and CSS, but want to learn to build web applications, with and without a framework, then I think it's a decent course. For me it was mostly a good and engaging learning experience. What I didn't like was that the instructor didn't use any coding standards (PEP 8 would have been a good choice), and that sometimes there were errors in the example code provided. Also, I think it would have been more interesting to build a new web application in lesson 4, than to build the same application as in lesson 3 (only now without detailed instructions).
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David completed this course.
I'm almost done with the course . I find it really good .Indeed it is not for people with zero knowledge of web technologies . But the overall course I find it very good. Now prices went up and the old price of $199 a month does not exist any more .
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Anonymous completed this course.
The instructor seems to be in a rush and the concepts introduced have no structure. This course is definitely not suited for beginners or experts. This might be a refresher course for someone who already know these things.
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I'm honestly debating even continuing the course after enduring one lesson of this CRUD course. I understand what Lorenzo is trying to convey conceptually but the he moves at light speed with no elaboration on the key concepts. Leaving the student piecing together every aspect of your program is not how you teach a person, at all. It's an awful attempt at teaching in comparison to the others at the beginning of the full stack course.
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This isn't such a bad course. if you're willing to invest some time in researching things yourself. Got me up to speed with Flask and SQLAlchemy
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