web-based programming?

Google's recent announcement of their Google Chrome operating system and its reliance on the web has me reflecting on languages and programming environments.

Has anyone done any "web-based" programming in their classrooms, where the applications were solely intended to run on the web?

What languages / strategy would be best for this, for each of ICS2O, ICS3x, and ICS4x? (presumably the U stream would be different than the C stream)

Which IDEs would be most suitable?

I'm well aware of Actionscipt and all the good things happening with that in the classroom, but I'm thinking more along the line of Ajax or other similar languages.

Can anyone suggest some good online resources to get started with this? Anyone have any tutorials of their own that they use in class?


Russell Gordon said…
Peter, I am seriously considering HTML5 as a platform for teaching CS, perhaps this year.

It is still in development, but support among browsers is building rapidly. Here's a good summary page of information about it:


It seems at least possible, perhaps probable, that HTML5 will make Rich Internet Application environments like Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight obsolete.

Regarding and IDE for writing HTML5... I think a solid text editor is all that would be necessary.

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