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Facebook@NUS. CS3216: Software Development on Evolving Platforms. What is Facebook?. “Facebook now worth US$15b, thanks to Microsoft's investment”, The Straits Times, 25 Oct 2007 Fastest growing Social Networking site, predicted to overtake MySpace.com within the year

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CS3216: Software Development on Evolving Platforms

what is facebook
What is Facebook?
  • “Facebook now worth US$15b, thanks to Microsoft's investment”, The Straits Times, 25 Oct 2007
  • Fastest growing Social Networking site, predicted to overtake MySpace.com within the year
  • Key Innovation: user-created applications(10,478 applications at last count; was 6,000+ two weeks ago!)
      • Commercial potential not fully tapped.
  • To be offered AY2007/2008 Semester 2
  • 4 MC 3000-Level Module at SoC
  • Lecturer: ME!
  • TAs & LAs: on course homepage
  • Pre-requisites:
        • CS1101 (for SoC students) or by instructor’s permission
why a facebook course
Why a Facebook Course?
  • Because we are trying to copy Stanford?
    • No prize in being second
  • Because Web 2.0/Facebook is the future?
    • Here today, gone tomorrow
  • Two reasons:
    • What you learn in school will get obsolete even before you can say Jack.
    • We want to give you your chance to make your first $million
motivation goals
  • Traditional software engineering still has a place – we are merely filling a gap
  • Encourage students to be entrepreneurial (tie up with Startup@Singapore?)
  • Allow them to demonstrate their creativity … give them a chance to dream
      • Cross-faculty interaction /peer learning
      • Presentation/writing skills
learning outcomes
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand how to source for and use open source software and APIs.
  • Develop engaging and innovative web applications
  • Work in multi-disciplinary teams(learn teamwork)
  • Learn a new programming language independently
      • Improve presentation and communication (both oral and written) skills
      • Express creativity, develop confidence and “can do” spirit
course overview
Course Overview
  • Monday, 6.30 to 8.30 pm
  • 4 Lectures on:
    • Anatomy of a Facebook Application
    • Principles of Software Engineering
    • User-Centric Web-Applications
    • Evolution of Web-Application Platforms
  • Weekly one-hour Seminars
    • Two groups will make 20-min presentations on existing Facebook applications, followed by discussion
course overview10
Course Overview
  • Code Review Sessions
    • Students will critique code written by peers
    • Discuss the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Guest Lectures
    • On interesting and relevant topics
    • “Facebook Application Development with Ruby on Rails”
        • “Google Web Toolkit”
        • Details to be announced at start of class
  • Assignments
    • Hello World
    • Wall
    • Throw a Cow
  • Presentation
    • One-page summaries
      • Final Project
        • Students will develop and deploy a “cool” application of their choice
        • Final Presentation + half-day show-and-tell session
final project
Final Project
  • Something cute and useless but popular
  • Something innovative that serves a useful function (tie up with Company or VWO)
  • Something that you can sell for a seven-digit figure
  • Support for your submission to Startup@Singapore
          • Research : what and how much data can you steal?
          • Surprise us (in a good way)!
  • Hello World – 10%
  • The Wall – 15%
  • Throw a Cow – 15%
  • Presentation/Participation – 10%
  • One-page summaries – 10%
      • Final Project – 40%
      • No Exams!! 
do we get to choose our team mates
Do we get to choose our team mates?
  • Very important question!!
  • Answer: qualified yes
  • Hello World – match making
  • Other assignments & presentation
    • OTOT, but cannot work with some people twice
      • Final Project
        • Free-for-all
        • First-come-first-served
common questions
Common Questions
  • Is there a textbook?
  • Can I SU the course?
  • I have taken ITxxxx, CZxxxx, GEMxxx and CSxxxx, can I take this course?
  • What can I do over Dec to prepare for the course?
      • Will the course be too hard for the first year student to take as it is a level 3000 module?
          • How much time will the course take?
          • Will the course be offered in future semesters?
sign me up
Sign me up!
  • Submit a personal statement to cs3216-staff@googlegroups.com by 15 December 2007:
    • Why do you want to take the module?
    • Describe your background and explain how do you think you can contribute to the diversity and vibrancy of the new module and to the team projects.
    • Describe a cool Facebook app that you *really* want to build. Explain why you think your app is really cool.
      • Successful candidates will be automatically registered for the class in CORS. Results out by Boxing Day