November 2015

Real time application development technology solutions

As a veteran web developer I have seen huge changes in client requirements and the way we build websites.

In the early days web development was just about creating static documents accessible online, but quickly we needed a way to link these requests into a “session”, and this allowed for user authentication and customisation of user experience.

We built large complex online applications that required user initiated interaction where a request was made to the server and content served to the user. Many developers still use this approach and most websites online today probably fall into this category. To check for changes the user has to refresh.

Then technological developments allowed for asynchronous requests and we could start to build in some degree of continuity between user initiated requests. This became increasingly common with the increasing popularity of jQuery and the use of AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and XML).

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The Necessity of moving with the times

Forgive me for my pop culture references with this article.  You see, Art imitates life, and as much as there are lessons in life there are endless opportunities for lessons in Art.  While watching Downton Abbey the other night there was that reference for keeping up with the times.  These people are living in the 20’s, the post war era, and they mentioned how in just 10 years how the acceptable moral standards had changed and also how their lives as aristocrats had changed.  And if they did not accept and embrace these changes they would be left behind.

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