Capstone: Photo Tourist Web Application

This Specialization covers the fundamentals of web development with Ruby on Rails. You'll learn everything you need to develop your own web application using Ruby on Rails, SQL and NoSQL databases, and HTML/CSS, and Javascript. We will also touch on advanced topics such as security, services using HTTP/RESTful access patterns, and user access and user experience from multiple device platforms. In the final Capstone Project, you'll apply your skills to develop a web application that hosts uploaded photos and displays them using a map.

Created by: Jim Stafford

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Course Description

In this Capstone project for the Photo Tourist you will implement a Ruby on Rails web application that makes use of both a relational and NoSQL database for the backend and expose the data through services to the Internet using Web services and a responsive user interface operating in a browser from a desktop and mobile device. You will have a chance to revisit and apply what you have learned in our previous courses to build and deploy a fully functional web application to the cloud accessible to your co-workers, future employers, friends, and family.In developing the Photo Tourist web application, you will get to work with different data types and data access scenarios (e.g., fielded data display and update, image upload/download, text search, access controlled information) to provide your users the ability to show off their photos and information from trips they have taken and to seek out photos and information from trips taken by others. Using the application you develop, your users will be able to-Create an account-Upload and download photos to the site and make them accessible to others-Provide descriptions of trips and photos that others can read-Organize photos by location and trip, -Find photos based on location-Find photos based on text searches of descriptions -Locate the place where the photo was taken on a map

Instructor Details

Jim Stafford

Jim Stafford has been teaching computer science courses at colleges and universities throughout Maryland since 1992, and has taught at Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering since 1997. He was the recipient of the Engineering for Professionals' "Excellence in Teaching" award for Excellence in Instruction and Dedication in March 2015. Jim has worked in systems engineering and software development positions for more than thirty years. He is currently employed with SRA International as a Senior Technical Advisor, where he performs hands-on software development, consulting, and mentoring services.



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By Ricardo N d R B on 28-Jun-18

Really awesome course, nothing less than five stars! From backend to frontend, detailed unit/integration testing, serving up the asset pipeline, getting comfortable with git, angular.js, 3rd party intergrations, data base queries (in both sql and no sql), caching, authentication/authorization... etc etc. I can't begin to think how much effort Jim put into developing this course. Very detailed, and covers so much content. What a perfect end to the RoR specialization. I must say, the course was a lot of work, but by the end of it, having gone through all of the assignments ( the assignments were very good exercises for solidifying course material). I really feel like I got some seriously solid exposure to the full stack. And to be honest, even though angular.js 1.5 is getting 'old' now, and RoR is perhaps less popular than node.js, I still highly highly recommend this course and the specialization, as it will take you from zero to hero on full stack web development. All of the concepts will transfer over. A solid bedrock to ever growing software frameworks and technology.

By Ravi M on 18-Dec-17

Perfect course! I tried but i can not find any flaws! Professor Stafford is an excellent teacher. I expected a lot from this course and it fulfilled all my expectations. I really liked the way the materials were introduced and the exercises were really relevant on each topic and module and they were a bit challenging but on a normal difficulty. I also liked that Professor Stafford worked a lot with testing and automated testing is something really important to test your code. Also testing worked here as a TODO list which i found that approach really useful. I also liked that some techniques introduced on the course can be used for other programming languages or projects also. There was also a good summary of AngularJS, Ruby on Rails, MongoDB and things that were introduced on the other courses. Just Perfect! I really learned many things. Thank you very much!

By Woojae K on 13-Mar-18

Great course

By Santiago I C on 23-Apr-17

As this is the final course of the entire specialization, I expected a lot about the content and related videos regarding lectures and projects. It didn't disappoint me. Congratulation to Jim for making it a great learning experience and giving me additional tools to pursue my goals of being a better Rails developer.

By Wadigzon D on 15-Apr-17

Great Course Jim has really thought me more than enough to get my career started. All a student has to do is just study.

By Manish N on 4-May-17

Excellent course. Mr. Stafford is a very good teacher.

By Yusri D H on 13-Sep-19

Excellent course!

By Nguyen T N T on 11-Jun-18

Very challenging. I learned a lot.