In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee created the first HTML browser and server, and the World Wide Web was born. Today it is a pervasive technology, and servers can not only deliver static pages of information, but they can dynamically create pages based on programs running on the webserver. This is a very specific form of distributed computing, where the user interface is hosted on a remote client: the web browser.
Examples of this kind of application include:
Bulletin boards, messaging services, and web-based email packages
Ticket availability and booking systems
Internet search engines
Most people now use web applications without thought; it's as natural as a local word processor. These programs clearly have different ...