Programming the Interactive Web
Presented by the Computer Science Student Association
University of Vermont
Votey 367, April 2, 2004 2:30 - 3:30pm.
Server-side Web applications have grown increasingly common, sometimes
even replacing brick and mortar as the principal interface of
corporations. Correspondingly, Web browsers grow ever more powerful,
empowering users to attach bookmarks, switch between pages, clone
windows, and so forth. As a result, Web interactions are not
straight-line dialogs but complex nets of interaction steps.
In practice, programmers are unaware of or are unable to handle these
nets of interaction, making the Web interfaces of even major
organizations buggy and thus unreliable. These problems are likely to
grow worse when the output of Web services are processed by programs
rather than humans. Even when programmers do address these
constraints, the resulting programs have a seemingly mangled structure,
making them difficult to develop and hard to maintain.
In this talk, I will describe these interactions and then show how
programming language ideas can shed light on the resulting problems and
present solutions at various levels.
This talk will be open to the public and free of admission. Please feel
free to distribute this announcement where appropriate.