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Studio I.0 Homepages

Updated: December 28, 2007


A home page is a hypertext document that you create using Hypertext Mark Up Language (HTML) which helps you put documents in text, pictures, sound or movie format out on the Web. Your RCS account offers basic hosting of a website - visit the Help Desk for Web authoring at RPI. Visual Studio offers a very good suite of functions to author homepages, including active homepages. Beyond RPI, use the largest information system ever created in human history, the Web, as your personal learning tool to get started - such as search for Mozilla Composer and the many open source sites related to this free tool. In addition, Google, Yahoo! and MSN also provide basic personal website hosting, while commercial providers (e.g. 1, 2, 3)offer more complex systems for users to build their own Web sites. Developer tools such as HTML Editor are helpful, and the vendors tend to offer free versions such as CoffeeCup. Many people have also used social networking sites such as FaceBook, LinkedIn, and MySpace to develop their personal homepages. These may be some of the easiest ways for you to start your own presence on the Internet. Again, explore the fantastic resources available on the Internet - try it.

  • If you need help with creating HTML documents, the Internet provides numerous resources such as:
  • If you need graphics, buttons, etc. to spruce up your page(s), here is a good source.
  • If you wonder how to use the Web for study, on a self-efficacy basis, please try, e.g., scholar.google.com.
  • If you wonder how to get connected with like-minded peers, please try, e.g., blogsearch.google.com.
  • If you wonder what cool research you can do through the Internet, how about try finding aliens?
  • If you wonder... the list has no end. How about you explore a little bit and add some personal discoveries for yourself? (Are you aware of the many Massively Multi-Player Online Games, or, fantacies; politics; and other social networking activities?)

Part I

In this Studio you will create a web page and you will also learn about corporate intranets. Intranet are applications of Iinternet technology and are based on the same protocols and standards which are used in the Internet, namely, TCP/IP, HTTP, etc. The idea is to "cordon-off" an enterprise behind secured servers (and firewalls) and use the Internet technology to integrate the enterprise.

We have captured some of the thrill and excitement of what many experts are dubbing as an 'Information Revolution', in the following list of web sites. Please treat this as your reading list for this assignment.

New E-Business Systems, Technology, and Standards

Service Science and Select Resources


  1. Create a trial web page titled mdb.html (we stick to this title, if you don't mind, so that it is easy for us to go directly to the page you create.) Include some meaningful text, images, and a form in your home page. Use some template if you wish.
  2. Then, create a personal page that you would be proud to post on the Internet.
    • Provide hyperlinks from this page to other web sites related to databases, Enterprise Integration, and a few other sites that impress you.
    • Provide "clickables" linking to your own sources, such as photo album, reports/papers, and resume.
    How do you compare your home pages to your friends' and peers' on the Internet?

If you have already created your personal home page, you will know what to do. If you haven't, and need help, please use the above resources to assist you in this assigment.



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