This course covers Internet application programming, including client-server and web applications. At the end of this course, students should be able to:


You do not need to buy a textbook for this class. Instead, you should be able to learn everything from lecture notes and online materials.

In case you are interested in books, here are some sources I use for the material in this class:

General Networking

Socket Programming

C/C++ Programming

We will use C++ for some labs, so it will be helpful to have a good reference. I strongly recommend getting one of these if you don't already have one.


We will use Python for some labs, for processing and graphing data, and possibly for web application programming. I list some free online references below, plus a book in case you want one.

I also suggest that you become familiar with the official Python documentation.

Computing Environment

We will be using a Linux environment for this class. You can use the Linux labs, setup your laptop to boot into Linux, or setup a virtual machine running Linux. We will be using Python 2.7, along with various packages such as matplotlib and LaTeX. You are strongly encouraged to become familiar with Linux, its software, and the command-line environment. Being fluent in multiple computing environments is an important part of a CS education.

You may, if you are talented and persistent, figure out how to setup a Mac OS machine with the required software. Based on past experience, you will likely have less luck doing this with a Windows machine. Either way, your code will be expected to run on a Linux machine when you submit it.

Regardless of the computing environment you use, you should become familiar with Git and GitHub.

Assignments and Grading Policy

The assignments for this class will consist of labs and exams. Labs must be written in the assigned language and must compile and run on the department's Linux machines.

Labs will be graded by the TA or instructor. For some labs, the scoring will be based on running your code. In these cases, we will publish a grading sheet before each assignment is due, listing the tests we will run and how many points each test is worth. For other labs, the scoring will be based on a report you write. For these labs, the assignment will indicate how the report will be scored.

Grading for exams will be on a scale of 0 to 10 for each problem, with a final score based on the total possible points. A score of 10 indicates your answer is completely correct (A), and a score of 5 indicates your answer is entirely wrong but you made a reasonable effort (E). Grades in between indicate very good (9), good (8), adequate (7), and poor (6). Failure to make a reasonable effort to answer a question scores a 0.

Your final grade will be computed by weighting all scores as follows:

Labs 70%

Exams 30%

Late Policy

Labs are due on the day indicated. To accommodate difficulties in your schedule, you can turn in work late, but you will be penalized 10% for being late by up to one week. If an assignment will be more than a week late, you need to see the instructor to make arrangements in advance, with a 20% penalty typically being applied.

You may avoid late penalties due to a medical excuse by making an arrangement in advance with the instructor. Exceptions can also be made for a learning disability.

Collaboration Policy

Most assignments for this class must be done individually. You are encouraged to discuss solving the labs and any programming problems you encounter generally, but you must write your own code and should not view any other student's code. When producing written work, your writing must be your own thoughts. Your use of sources (ideas, quotations, paraphrases) must be properly acknowledged and documented.

Group work is permitted only where specified clearly in the assignment. Group work is meant to be done jointly with a team of two to five students. Students in a group should work on problems and programs together, and each student should perform a roughly equal amount of work.

Educational Policies

Honor Code Standards

In keeping with the principles of the BYU Honor Code, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic work. Academic honesty means, most fundamentally, that any work you present as your own must in fact be your own work and not that of another. Violations of this principle may result in a failing grade in the course and additional disciplinary action by the university.

Policy on Harassment

Harassment of any kind is inappropriate at BYU. Specifically, BYU's policy against sexual harassment extends not only to employees of the university but to students as well. If you encounter sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, or other inappropriate behavior, please talk to your professor, contact the Equal Employment Office at 422-5895 or 367-5689, or contact the Honor Code Office at 422-2847.

Students with Disabilities

BYU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability that may adversely affect your success in this course, please contact the University Accessibility Center at 422-2767. Services deemed appropriate will be coordinated with the student and instructor by that office.