Intro to Backend


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This course is a selection of material from our larger Web Development course.

This course presents an overview of a variety of Web backend topics: handling user input, producing templated output, storing information in databases and data stores, and building systems with secure user accounts.

Why Take This Course?

You want to build Web services and want a place to start. This course gives you the foundational knowledge to do just that.


Forms and Inputs

How do web sites handle user input? Build HTML forms and the validation and escaping logic needed to handle user input correctly.


How do web sites produce neatly formatted output for users to see?


How do web sites store data? You'll use both SQL databases and the Google App Engine datastore in this program.

User Accounts & Security

What's a cookie and what does it have to do with logging in a user? How do web sites use cookies, passwords, and other components to provide security?