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Single Page Web Applications: JavaScript end-to-end by Michael S. Mikowski and Josh C. Powell

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Foreword

I wrote my first JavaScript single page web application (SPA) in 2006, although we didn’t call it that at the time. This was quite a change for me. Earlier in my career I had focused on low-level Linux kernel hacking and parallel and distributed computing, and the user interface was always a simple command line. After receiving tenure at the University of San Francisco in 2006, I started an ambitious distributed computing project called River (http://river.cs.usfca.edu) that required an interactive graphical interface to facilitate distributed machine management and debugging.

Alex Russell had just coined the term “comet” and we were inspired and determined to use this technology and the web browser for the interface. We had quite ...

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