Archive for November, 2008

We are the Web

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

The World Wide Web is turning from a network of machines into a network of human beings:

  • The human being is at the centre.
  • The user doesn’t simply surf through the net anymore but he modifies and adds to it.
  • He writes a web-diary.
  • He displays his photographs on exchange sites.
  • He puts his knowledge at disposal in online-encyclopaedias.
  • He recommends his bookmarks to other users.
  • The internet is changing from a network of computers and servers into a network of the people.
  • In social networks users are being linked to each other.
Administer pictures with Flickr
Administer pictures with Flickr.
Writing online diaries
Writing online diaries (travel diary).
Manage knowledge with Wikipedia
Manage knowledge with Wikipedia.
Administer videos with YouTube
Administer videos with YouTube.

(According to O’Reilly: Web 2.0 for Participation)

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Ajax or the new interaction of web applications

Friday, November 7th, 2008

New programming techniques allow of individual data exchange with the server:

  • GoogleMail reports without reload when new messages have arrived.
  • Writely, the online word processing programme, opens contact menus after right click.
  • Google Maps zooms maps without resending the entire request to the server.
  • The web is more and more turning into an application, offering look & feel of programmes locally installed on the PC.
  • The secret is the new technology called Ajax.
  • Ajax stands for “Asynchronous JavaScript and XML”.
  • The combination of these two techniques allows the exchange of only specifically requested data between browser and server.
  • Ajax provides for new contents on the website without having to completely reload it.
  • The traditional web organisation in sites is taken over by new web applications as fast as desktop software.
  • In addition, Ajax enables the mixing up of different web offers since data can derive from diverse sources.
The AJAX principle
The AJAX principle (According to O’Reilly: Web 2.0 for Participation).

(According to O’Reilly: Web 2.0 for Participation)

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