Web Application Architecture: Principles, Protocols and Practicesby Leon Shklar, Richard Rosen
It is no longer enough for Web application developers to be proficient in just one platform. As platforms grow and evolve and new ones arise, developers must be able to transter their proficiency across platforms in order to design, develop and debug complex Web applications effectively. This book uncovers the underlying core technologies that developers need to understand to help them learn new APIs and application frameworks more quickly. Web Application Architecture: Principles, Protocols and Practices provides an in-depth examination of the basic concepts and general principles associated with Web application development. It explains the underlying protocols and languages that support Web application development, and delineates the best practices associated with building robust applications. It describes mechanisms for providing Web access to heterogeneous data sources including relational databases and multimedia. This book explains the skills that developers need to design and build complex and sophisticated Web applications that are also scaleable, extensible, maintainable, and reusable.
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Meet the Author
Leon Shklar currently works for Thomson Reuters where he is the head of technology for Reuters Media. Previously, Leon headed up the development team for the online edition of the Wall Street Journal at Dow Jones. Prior to joining Dow Jones, he spent six years at Bell Communications Research and almost as long in the world of dot-coms and Internet software. Leon holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.
Rich Rosen is a senior developer in the Fixed Income Systems Group at Interactive Data Corporation. Previously, he was an Application Architect at Dow Jones. Rich began his career at Bell Labs, where his work with relational databases and the Internet prepared him the world of Web application development. He is a co-author of Mac OS X for Unix Geeks, 4th Edition (O'Reilly). Rich holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.
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I can easily see this being used as the textbook for a vendor-neutral web development class. Practically every other book on this subject is focused on either a specific protocol like HTTP and HTML, or a specific web applicaton platform like Perl, PHP, ASP, JSP, or J2EE. Like the title says, this book is about principles, protocols, and practices. That's exactly what budding web developers need to learn, not how to write a web app using one language only. In software development, each platform has its day, then goes away. If developers don't know the core principles of web app design, they have to learn the next platfrom from square one. This book lives up to the promise of its title. It promotes the idea of knowing the web's general principles and best practices first, then using that knowledge to learn specific technologies. Teach a man to write PHP or ASP.NET code, and you've helped him for a day. Teach him about the underpinnings of the web, and you've helped him for a lifetime.