This course is a survey of web technologies that are used to build back-end systems that enable rich web applications. Utilizing technologies such as Python, Flask, Docker, RDBMS/NoSQL databases, and Spark, this class aims to cover the foundational concepts that drive the web today. This class focuses on building APIs using micro-services that power everything from content management systems to data engineering pipelines that provide insights by processing large amounts of data. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the technical issues surrounding back-end systems today, and to provide a solid and comprehensive perspective of the web’s constantly evolving landscape.

If you are interested in learning about front-end systems please check out Info 253a: Front-End Web Architecture, typically offered in the fall semester


The content for this class is based on the Web Architecture class taught by Jim Blomo.

Lecture Format:

Due to COVID-19, this course will be taught remotely. Real-time attendance is NOT required, and there will be recordings of live sessions that you can watch later. You can find all recordings on bCourse.Monday and Wednesday will be lectures, and Friday is mostly for labs, questions, and in-class discussion. Questions will also be answered on class Piazza.


Labs (10%), Assignments (45%), Project (45%)

  • Labs are due at 11:59 pm of the Monday after the class they have been assigned. Labs will be self-graded
  • Assignments and the Project are due 11:59 pm on the day of their due date
  • Late labs will not be accepted
  • Late assignments will be deducted 5 points each day they are late.
  • If there are any issues please contact us asap