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Recommended Citation: Lefkovitz, D.  The Teaching of Net-Centric Computing.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2000, v 17 (Philadelphia): §140.

The Teaching of Net-Centric Computing

David Lefkovitz    [a1] [a2]
CIS Department
Temple University    [u1] [u2]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

This paper presents the subject of net-centric computing as one that spans a spectrum from static html web pages to the development and control of distributed, multi-tier components. It poses the dilemma of attempting to teach this important body of knowledge that requires multiple languages and tools in an already tightly packed Computer Science program, and presents a solution that utilizes three pedagogic devices: (1) A series of lab exercises that incrementally spans the defined spectrum and that presents Starters that act as models for the languages being learned, (2) Web based notes and classroom demonstrations, and (3) Online tutorials, reference manuals and white papers. The paper also discusses the problems inherent in the teaching of methodology vs. specific languages, software systems and tools and how it is being approached by expansion of Device 2 into Course Technology Modules.

Keywords: Web-deployed applications, client/server processing, distributed components, multi-tier architecture, middleware

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