Here are screenshots from the finalised web app project. 

As part of the brief, we were asked to create a web app for a targeted audience that would be able to connect to a database. From the front end, the user should be able to view posts, register for an account and be able to post to the database. 

As a group, we have created SUBU (Student Offers for Bournemouth Uni), a play on SUBU, the Student’s Union of Bournemouth University. 

The website allows people to view, sign up for an account and post offers and discounts in the local area around Bournemouth. I think the idea is a strong one because it has a clear target market of University students and could be localised to other universities very easily. 

The group consisted of myself, Hallam and Robin and I feel that we worked well in a team. This was my first time building a website from scratch and I didn’t feel that confident with coding because it’s something i’ve never properly done before, however I got myself stuck in and being in a group helped a lot.  I do still feel as though I need more practise with code, especially CSS, as that is the area I struggled with the most I think. We used Bootstrap to help with the CSS so it wasn’t too difficult. Bootstrap is useful, but in review, it would look better if we had coded the CSS ourselves, as Bootstrap has become quite a generic framework to use. 

I enjoyed working with the database, I found PhpMyAdmin very easy to use, and PHP coding I found difficult but I found that after sitting down working it out logically helped me understand it.  

I believe we have met the requirements outlined within the brief successfully and overall I am pleased with the end result. 


Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality in simple form is what reserves users rights to communicate freely and openly online. 

It means that Internet Service Providers (ISP’s), such as Sky and BT should not discriminate against what you as a user are able to view or post online. ISP’s have to transport all data between the servers and your computer in the same way, whether it be a Youtube video or movie streaming using Netflix. Without Net Neutrality ISP’s would be able to block certain websites, or views if they disagreed with it or slow down a competitors content. It means that Internet Service Providers would steer consumers to more expensive packages to access content. 

Net Neutrality has been in the press recently, because of a large debate that occurred in the US. The US ISP Verizon successfully challenged the American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over it’s Net Neutrality rules. The courts pulled down two of the three rules of what was formally known as the “Open Internet Rules”.  This allowed ISP to start charging fees to carry data heavy services. 

In March of 2014, Netflix reached a deal with Comcast to pay a fee which would allow it’s Comcast’s customers quicker access to Netflix. This caused massive uproar, with hundreds of tech firms, including Google calling for a free and open internet. 

In February of 2015, new rules on how the internet is governed. 

The main changes for broadband providers are as follows:

  • Broadband access is being reclassified as a telecommunications service, meaning it will be subject to much heavier regulation
  • Broadband providers cannot block or speed up connections for a fee
  • Internet providers cannot strike deals with content firms, known as paid prioritisation, for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers
  • Interconnection deals, where content companies pay broadband providers to connect to their networks, will also be regulated
  • Firms which feel that unjust fees have been levied can complain to the FCC. Each one will be dealt with on a case by case basis
  • All of the rules will also apply to mobile providers as well as fixed line providers
  • The FCC won’t apply some sections of the new rules, including price controls