The web browser has become the user interface of choice for configuring networked appliances, particularly home-based routers from companies like Linksys and Netgear. The driving force behind the popularity of web interfaces is that they are easy to use and don't require specialized client software. Customers now expect to be able to access web interfaces for their devices, and so it is no surprise that leading manufacturers of home-based networked appliances provide them.

This is the first of several chapters devoted to user interface (UI) design. This chapter covers web UIs in general, and the development of Laddie's web UI in particular. In the chapters that follow, we'll look at Laddie's other UIs: the CLI ...

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