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Making the Web Work: Designing Effective Web Applications by Bob Baxley

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Web Applications: The Good, the Bad, and the Unfortunate

With the dot-com excitement of the late 1990s now safely corralled in the history books, it’s possible to take a more measured view of what is and isn’t useful or interesting about Web applications. Using a Web browser to present an application is, after all, only one option among many. Many Web applications could also have been developed as desktop or Java applications. Web applications, however, do have some enticing advantages, including the following:

  • Access to centralized real-time data. The most conspicuous advantage of Web application is their access to a centralized data store. Applications that offer operations such as travel reservations, real-time stock trading, and online ...

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