Internet Technologies

On the software side, the technologies used to display web pages is incorporating more dynamic interactive content through programming languages such as Java and Visual basic. ActiveX components, Java Applets, Scripts, and flash are adding plug-in technologies to browsers to extend the pages from normal text-based to interactive and live animation (Treese, Stewart, 2003)3. Other back bone technologies like web services, server side scripting languages, and common gateway interface programming, support the Web by allowing distributed applications to run, electronic commerce to function, and web forms collecting information from visitors to integrate and store data into databases.

The services offered by the Web are web pages, file upload and download, electronic mail, video streaming, and newsletter feed. The main line that separates and joins the Web and the Internet is the connectivity versus the content. The routers, networks, computers, servers, and switches represent the Internet as the network that is providing the base upon which the Web was build. The Web is the information and data shared through hyper text markup language and all the other languages that are adapted to create web pages (Jon Jackson, 2006) . The technologies that display information including dynamic HTML, XML and CSS are enhancements managed by w3.org as the mother organization for all Web standards.

Further more, associations such as ICANN (ICANN.org) and IETF (IETF.org) govern and control the protocols and the connectivity standards of the network and its devices, thus controlling the Internet. Although the advancements of both has gone side by side, the expansion in usage and the increase of web sites as per the latest statistics from Netcraft.com are a direct result of the technologies that enriched the experience for the users and the surfers who seek the Web as a source of information and a tool for business.

References:

  1. G. Winfield Treese and Lawrence C. Stewart. Designing Systems for Internet Commerce. Boston: Pearson Education Limited; 2003,16 p.
  2. Jeffrey Brown, D.; Martin Heltai, Rohert Barrett, Susan M. Lane, C.; Susan M. Lane, E.; Joseph A. Servia, P., CIW Design Methodology and Technology. Training Manual, ProsoftTraining.com.
  3. Jackson, Jon. 2006. The Origin of the Internet and Hypertext. HTML Goodies (24 October 2006)http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/reference/article.php/3639741 (accessed 28 Jun 2007)

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