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Where are the digital media courses for spring??

I see 4 online courses in the spring! Also visualization, which used to be an elective, is not listed for dgm??
Am I missing something?

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  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    If you haven't taken it, you should take DGMD E-27, Modern and Mobile Front End Design II with me and Ed might be a TA.

    Here's a list of DGMD courses I found: https://www.extension.harvard.edu/academics/courses/subject/digital-media/e-dgmd
  • nancymicnancymic Posts: 185
    You're taking it and Ed will be a TA?
    I want to do more programming. It looks like 171--visualization is all about d3...
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    Aha - it is CSCI 171, based off of Harvard College's course CS 171: https://www.extension.harvard.edu/academics/courses/visualization/24028 it will probably be a tough course but you'll learn a lot! You should make sure to read the course reviews before registering.
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    No tests in CSCI 171 - which I like cuz I always prefer portfolio-building projects with plenty of time to build them.
  • nancymicnancymic Posts: 185
    The reviews are terrible, basically. I think they have been terrible for a while.
    I looked at some final project videos and honestly don't think I'm up to it. I really want javascript2!
    :( or dwa15 part 2
  • nancymicnancymic Posts: 185
    edited December 2015
    I haven't ruled out Jen's class... Maybe I'll take it with you guys
    Haha I might not want another 20 hour a week class.
    I looked at discrete math. I don't know. IM burning out haha
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    Discrete Math will also definitely burn you out. Take DGMD E-27 :) it will be fun!
  • nancymicnancymic Posts: 185
    Ya OK I probably will. I suppose I can be less lazy and play with d3 myself.
    I took discrete math many many years ago. I guess it won't be much use. All along I thought I would be taking python, but it's on campus. I guess another intro to a language is not that useful.
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    In DGMD E-27, we will get to learn Sass, Zurb, and CSS animation! Plus some more JQuery.
  • nancymicnancymic Posts: 185
    It's looking like the best option. After this semester I'm finally burnt out!
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    What course attributes do you have left to fulfill? Does DGMD27 fulfill it? Or are you just taking it for the skills?
  • nancymicnancymic Posts: 185
    Hey Bryan
    Just one more elective! So almost anything from cs or dgmd
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    Awesome! I think DGMD E-27 will prove to be the more practical course, and there should be some programming.
  • nancymicnancymic Posts: 185
    edited December 2015
    Hi Bryan. Advice needed. If you are encrypting some user data...not their pw but like email, etc that they may want to change, do you decrypt it and send it back to them in clear text over the web? What is usually done?
    Or is it enough to have an ssl/tls connection when sending the decrypted data back?
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    Are you encrypting data before storing it on your database besides the users' passwords? I did some research on that issue and from what I could tell, generally storing data for a web app doesn't usually get encrypted besides the password. I was surprised to learn that, but it should simplify your program. If you really need to encrypt it, let me know as I did find a potential way that looked promising.
  • nancymicnancymic Posts: 185
    I see that it looks pretty easy in php to encrypt store and decrypt but is it sufficient to then send it back to the user over ssl?
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    edited December 2015
    SSl and TLS solves some problems, and encrypting everything you put in the database probably will save you from SQL-injection attacks (plus I believe Laravel does this automatically), but you will still want to escape the data you are retrieving out of the database because it could contain tags that could mess with your program. I think in Laravel 4, you can just use the {{{ }}} triple brackets to escape any output that originated from a user to solve this problem. Laravel 5.1 does things differently, though, and I wrote some custom "middleware" to handle the issue. I thought using {{}} double brackets was supposed to take care of it in Laravel 5.1, but it seems I needed to create my own middleware. You can test your own program to see if it's guarding against it by entering some user input you know is going to get displayed on the screen later on, like <script>console.log("I could be a malicious virus!");</script>. If you open your console, if you navigate to the page where the user input is displayed and you see that statement in the console, then you haven't yet guarded against it yet.
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    I had to update my post above with "code" formatting because our forum software removed the two "script" tags from my post, which illustrates the very thing I was trying to explain to Nancy! Cool.
  • nancymicnancymic Posts: 185
    edited December 2015
    Hahaha thanks Bryan. My understanding was also that forms created that way in laravel 4x did scrub and validate input.
    What I'm trying to figure out is if I encrypt, store, and decrypt data when a user needs to view it, whether sending it over https provides enough security over the wire
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    If you do all the above you should be good.
  • nancymicnancymic Posts: 185
    Survived. I think. Thanks Bryan
  • GratGrat Posts: 270
    Congratulations!
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