Evolving Web Application Architectures: From Model 2 to Web 2

Evolving Web Application Architectures: From Model 2 to Web 2

David Parsons (Massey University, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-492-7.ch008
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This chapter explores how Web application software architecture has evolved from the simple beginnings of static content, through dynamic content, to adaptive content and the integrated client-server technologies of the Web 2.0. It reviews how various technologies and standards have developed in a repeating cycle of innovation, which tends to fragment the Web environment, followed by standardisation, which enables the wider reach of new technologies. It examines the impact of the Web 2.0, XML, Ajax and mobile Web clients on Web application architectures, and how server side processes can support increasingly rich, diverse and interactive clients. It provides an overview of a server-side Java-based architecture for contemporary Web applications that demonstrates some of the key concepts under discussion. By outlining the various forces that influence architectural decisions, this chapter should help developers to take advantage of the potential of innovative technologies without sacrificing the broad reach of standards based development.

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