The goal of this lab is to refresh your knowledge of HTML and get you
started on the project you'll be implementing over the course of the
semester. Each week you will implement a new component of
a personal file synchronization service with features similar to SugarSync or DropBox.
You will begin by implementing a centralized service
that uses the RESTlet framework and an XML-based database of files. By
end of the semester, you will have a purely distributed system that
allows a user to access files from any computer via the web, and backup
and restore files across multiple computers. Please refer to the Project 1 assignment page for a complete description of the project.
The focus of this lab is to design the HTML front-end for your site. Your goal is to design the look and feel. You should include some basic (realistic!) sample content, but keep in mind that you will eventually be dynamically generating these pages using the RESTlet framework.
For now, you may link your pages using basic HTML and make your pages available at www.cs.usfca.edu/~your-user-name/syncservice. This means you will need to set up your site under /home/web/your-user-name/syncservice.
Your site must provide the interface for supporting the following operations:
It should be clear how your site will provide all of the functionality
described, but you do not need to implement the functionality now. For
example, if the user chooses to search, you could return a web page
containing some fake, static results in lieu of the actual results.
Please do not use a WYSIWYG tool to develop your site. I recommend that you keep your design as simple as possible, though you may choose to add additional functionality.
If you are particularly enthusiastic about this assignment, you might
consider using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to help separate the content from
presentation in your site. Extra effort may always be rewarded with extra credit.
Here are a few HTML resources:
Email me a link to your site by 3:30PM on Wednesday, 9/9/09