Tel-Aviv University
School of Computer Science
Internet Technologies Workshop
Fall Semester 2008-9


13/11 class - invited talk

Ohad Ben-Cohen will speak about Korset.

We're honored to have a guest talk by Ohad Ben-Cohen who will speak about a joint work with Avishai Wool.
Their work was presented at the Black Hat conference last year.

And now for something completely different —
Please send me what is your preferred project, with whom would you like to work, any existing expertise/knowledge, etc. (even if you're not yet officially registered).

(12 Nov 2008 14:56)

9/11 - An interesting talk in CS colloquium

The Netflix Prize: Quest for $1,000,000 11:15 at Schreiber 309

The Netflix Prize: Quest for $1,000,000
Sunday, 9/11, 11:15, Schreiber 309

Speaker: Yehuda Koren, Yahoo! Research

Abstract: The collaborative filtering approach to recommender systems predicts user preferences for products or services by learning past user-item relationships. Their significant economic implications made collaborative filtering techniques play an important role at known e-tailers such as Amazon and Netflix. This field enjoyed a surge of interest since October 2006, when the Netflix Prize competition was commenced. Netflix released a dataset containing 100 million anonymous movie ratings and challenged the research community to develop algorithms that could beat the accuracy of its recommendation system, Cinematch. In this talk I will survey the competition together with some of the principles and algorithms, which have led us to winning the Progress Prizes in the competition.

(08 Nov 2008 15:21)

6/11 class - as usual

We meet on Thursday for the introductory class.

Although the Segel Zutar plans a warning mini-strike tomorrow, we will hold our first, introductory meeting anyway.1
Please read the General Information page and Suggested Projects page beforehand.

(05 Nov 2008 17:53)

Closing words

Workshop is officially completed for this term. Thank you.

Grades were submitted today, so you should all see them tomorrow or so.

We'd like to thank you for all the hard work and the genuine enthusiasm.
It's been a pleasure for me1 to see each project growing from an initial idea to a mature, stand-alone gadget/application/thingamabob.

Good luck to you in your other exams, and see you in the Google office meeting (still not sure when).

(14 Apr 2008 19:14)

Submission guidelines

How to make sure your project will be favorably graded.

No hard copy is necessary; all submission is in web format on the wiki.
Your pages should resemble a typical small open-source software homepage.

The effort required is the same as in writing that long word document that no one will ever read.
Please refrain, however, from making your page look like the very same word document.

Examples for pages (non-mandatory)

  • Non-technical main page, with a screenshot and introductory text
  • Download/more screenshots/gadget demonstration page
  • User documentation and FAQ page
  • Development info page, with full source code, known bugs, etc.
  • Todo / wishlist page

Some visual style tips:

  • Keep pages short; don't make the reader scroll more than 1-2 pages. Use wiki features (e.g., tabs) or create additional pages.
  • Use wiki features appropriately: headings, tables, lists. It's a really simple syntax.
  • Write in English for our international readers.
  • Avoid screenshots of large amounts of text to enable search engine index your page.

Some examples for small-software websites (not all of these are web-related, but you get the idea).
Adblock Plus
Remember the milk ToDo application w/gadget
ScummVM interpreter
Sacred Destinations gadget

(23 Jan 2008 11:45)

Last class postponed to 31/1; location change

No meeting on 24/1. New location: Schreiber 309.

Congratulations! the semester has just started and you're almost done with the workshop.
We hold one last class meeting on Jan 31 (instead of Jan 24) where you'll present the penultimate version of your projects.

Fortunately, now Oded can officially examine and criticize praise your hard work.
Also joining us for the showdown are our Googlers; Prepare your bug reports questions!

Note that we traded our usual room for the prestigious Schreiber 309 seminar room.

I remind you again to prepare your project to submission (including web documentation) as the class will be shortly followed by individual grading meetings.

(21 Jan 2008 17:12)

22/11 - No class

Create your project page. Now.

Tomorrow we won't meet, as the Course Schedule says.
But that does not exempt you from creating your project page!

The very least I expect is filling the Abstract and Group members sections.

(21 Nov 2007 12:13)

Creating a project page

The easy way to do it.

I created a template for you to use when creating the project page.
Just enter the project name in the box on the sidebar and it will create for you the page project:name-of-your-project with the template.
Don't forget to press preview to see the template in action!

(15 Nov 2007 11:50)

15/11 class

We meet to present projects to other groups (no workplan yet).

We meet again this Thursday.
Groups which have decided on their project briefly tell about it to other groups (no need to have a presentation).
Workplan is still not needed, but get it ready for next week or so.

Also, see the Google Gadgets Talk presentation on the Course Schedule page.

(13 Nov 2007 14:07)

1/11 class - Invited talk

iGoogle presentation.

As said in class last week, next week (1/11/07) we'll have a presentation of iGoogle gadgets by Googlers.

(28 Oct 2007 12:33)

update: suggested projects

Individual projects' descriptions added.

Almost all individual projects now have some descriptive text. In tomorrow's class I will explain a bit more about each of these.
Don't forget that you can always come with your idea!

(24 Oct 2007 14:23)

25/10 class - as usual

Strike or not, we meet on Thursday for the introductory class.

Although the Segel Bachir strike might not end till Thursday, we will hold our first, introductory meeting anyway.
Please read the General Information page and Suggested Projects page beforehand.

(21 Oct 2007 14:47)

Updated location

Yedion says Schreiber 8.

Updated course location to Schreiber 8.

(19 Sep 2007 10:19)

RSS feed address change

If you registered for RSS updates, do it again.

Due to changes in the site structure, the news RSS feed address was changed.
If you get an error message that says

XML Parsing Error: syntax error

Location: http://tau-itw.wikidot.com/feed/front/news/news.xml

Line Number 1, Column 1:

A nasty error has occurred. If the problem repeats, please fill (if possible) a bug report.

then you have to re-register for the updated feed which is located in the welcome page.

(04 Sep 2007 09:37)

Change of hours

Due to conflict with OS course, rescheduled to Thu 11:00-13:00

Several students asked to check whether we could shift the course hours a little since the hour 10:00-11:00 collides with Operating Systems.
Thus, the course is rescheduled to 11:00-13:00 (one hour shift).
The Yedion should be updated in a day or two.

(26 Aug 2007 13:22)

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(19 Aug 2007 08:58)

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