Design and Analysis of Active Hypertext Views on Databases

Design and Analysis of Active Hypertext Views on Databases

Gilles Falquet (University of Geneva, Switzerland), Jacques Guyot (University of Geneva, Switzerland), Luka Nerima (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and Seongbin Park (Information Sciences Institute, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-050-9.ch003
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The design and maintenance of data-intensive Web sites is a demanding task. The effort can be significantly lowered by using two verified technologies: databases and hypertexts. The first is well suited to administrate a large amount of data; the second has proven to be an easy to use and efficient means of accessing information. The task can be made even easier by using a declarative approach, i.e., the data structure and hypertext structure are both explicitly defined, and the specification is expressed in terms of structure transformation. In addition to the specification language, we provide a design technique: starting with the database structure, the designer applies refinement heuristics that eventually yield an efficient hypertext structure for the final user. The hypertext thus obtained can be seen as a view on the database. A fully functional hypertextual interface should also enable the user to perform update operations on the database. Our system provides this facility, including mechanisms to tackle the well-known update-through-views problem by providing specific mechanisms. Finally, the nonprocedural approach has a supplementary advantage: it offers the possibility of analyzing the hypertext structure before setting it in production, in particular, analyzing the reachability of information or determining the length of the navigation path.

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Table of Contents
Patrick van Bommel
Chapter 1
Evimaria Terzi, Mohand-Said Hacid, Athena Vakali
The efficient and sophisticated representation of the structure of the documents being circulated over the Internet allows for effective querying... Sample PDF
Modeling and Querying Web Data: A Constraint-Based Logic Approach
Chapter 2
Joao Cavalcanti, David Robertson
The continuing increase in size and complexity of Web sites has turned their design and construction into a challenging problem. Systematic... Sample PDF
Verifying Web Site Properties Using Computational Logic
Chapter 3
Gilles Falquet, Jacques Guyot, Luka Nerima, Seongbin Park
The design and maintenance of data-intensive Web sites is a demanding task. The effort can be significantly lowered by using two verified... Sample PDF
Design and Analysis of Active Hypertext Views on Databases
Chapter 4
Nora Koch
Although the Unified Modeling Language (UML) is by now accepted as a standard and is widely used as an object-oriented modeling language, some... Sample PDF
An Object-Oriented Hypermedia Reference Model Formally Specified in UML
Chapter 5
Bernhard Thalheim, Antje Dusterhoft
Internet information services are developed everywhere. Such services include content generation and functionality support that have to be modeled... Sample PDF
Systematic Development of Internet Sites: Extending Approaches of Conceptual Modeling
Chapter 6
The Webspace Method  (pages 103-126)
Roelof van Zwol, Peter M.G. Apers
The main objective of this chapter is to present the Webspace Method for modeling and querying Web-based document collections. When focusing on... Sample PDF
The Webspace Method
Chapter 7
Paolo Atzeni, Alessio Parente
A model and a language for the description of data-intensive Web applications and a methodology for their development are proposed. The model and... Sample PDF
Specification of Web Applications with ADM-2
Chapter 8
Jaime Gomez, Cristina Cachero
The mostly “creative” authoring process used to develop many Web applications during the last years has already proven unsuccessful to tackle, with... Sample PDF
OO-H Method: Extending UML to Model Web Interfaces
Chapter 9
Hyoil Han, Ramez Elmasri
A lot of work has been done in the area of extracting data content from the Web, but less attention has been given to extracting the conceptual... Sample PDF
Ontology Extraction and Conceptual Modeling for Web Information
Chapter 10
Abad Shah
Today, the Internet and the Web are the most amazingly and dynamically growing computer technologies. The number of users accessing the Web is... Sample PDF
OODM: An Object-Oriented Design Methodology for Development of Web Applications
Chapter 11
Filippo Ricca, Paolo Tonella
The World Wide Web has become an interesting opportunity for companies to deliver services and products at distance. Correspondingly, the quality of... Sample PDF
Web Application Quality: Supporting Maintenance and Testing
Chapter 12
Christos Bouras, Agisilaos Konidaris
This chapter presents a step-by-step approach to the design, implementation and management of a Data-Intensive Web Site (DIWS). The approach... Sample PDF
Modeling Data-Intensive Web Sites for Personalization, Integrity and Performance
Chapter 13
Athman Bouguettaya, Boualem Benatallah, Brahim Medjahed, Mourad Ouzzani, Lily Hendra
The evolution into the global information infrastructure and the concomitant increase in the available information on the Web, is offering a... Sample PDF
Adaptive Web-Based Database Communities
Chapter 14
Yin Leng Theng
This chapter reviews continuing usability problems with hypertext and Web applications and highlights new issues, in particular, cultural and... Sample PDF
Designing Hypertext and the Web with the Heart and the Mind
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