Volume 7

Volume 7, Number 12

March 24, 2009

13 pages558 K bytes

Evaluating the Suitability of Dynamic Web Platforms for Teaching Exception Handling

Johnson Dehinbo
Tshwane University of Technology
Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

Abstract: Due to the availability of many platforms for developing dynamic Web applications, there is the problem of choosing the most appropriate platform for teaching the concepts of web applications development to undergraduate students in tertiary institutions. Students will not perform at their best capacity level if the platform chosen by the institution is not very suitable for teaching the relevant concepts. As part of the framework to determine the most suitable platform for teaching web applications development in tertiary institutions, this study establishes a set of criteria for evaluating the suitability for teaching the exception handling in Web applications. These criteria were tested by evaluating four platforms namely Java Servlets, Java Server Pages, Active Server Pages and PHP using various research methods including descriptive inquiry, document analysis, observations and programming tests. PHP was found to be most suitable.

Keywords: programming, languages, Web development platforms, exception handling

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Recommended Citation: Dehinbo (2009). Evaluating the Suitability of Dynamic Web Platforms for Teaching Exception Handling. Information Systems Education Journal, 7 (12). http://isedj.org/7/12/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2006: §3324. ISSN: 1542-7382.)