Use the latest HTML5 technology to build a small web application that solves the following problem.
Create a web application which will allow its users to navigate through a library of books and choose one to open and start reading. The book library should be easy to navigate through and the textual content of the books displayed with readability in mind.
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Multiple plain-text files will be provided to you, sourced from the Open-Licensed books of the Project Gutenberg library. These text-files will be stored as-is on your web application server then processed and displayed when they are selected for reading.
Each book will have a database entry with its title, author's name, and the path to the respective plain-text file. Additional data about each book might be stored at your discretion.
The books' plain-text files are available for you to download in a ZIP file. You will need to download the zipped archive and extract its content inside a folder of your web application server. http://rde.org/codingchallenge/2017Fall/Books.zip
The library screen will display a list books available in the application, the books which are contained in the archive provided above. The data stored about each book will be read from the database and displayed on screen; the list should contain, at a minimum, the title of each book, and the name of their author. The user will be able to select a book and open it for reading.
When a book is selected for reading, the plain-text file, hosted on the application's web server, will be partially displayed on the screen and broken into pages consisting of 50-75 lines each. In order to progress through the chosen book, a pair of buttons will be displayed to move forward and backward through pages. In addition, there will be an indicator for which page the user is currently reading as well as the total number of pages.
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|0th place / grand prize||$500|
Prizes will be in the form of an Amazon.com gift card.
All contestants will be considered for an RDE Internship.
November 8, 2017
Detailed Specifications Release and Contest Start
November 28, 2017
January 20, 2018
Announcement of Winners
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