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Building Scalable and High-Performance Java™ Web Applications Using J2EE™ Technology by Greg Barish

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The Emergence of Web Applications

In the span of just a few years, the Internet has transformed the way information is both provided and consumed throughout the world. Its hardware and software technologies have made it possible for anyone not only to be an information consumer, but also for nearly anyone to be an information provider. Although the Internet—specifically the World Wide Web (the Web)—has been treated seriously as a platform for information sharing among the mass public for only a short time, many organizations have managed to create useful Web applications that provide significant value to consumers.

These Web applications allow consumers to buy books and compact discs online. They enable businesses to use the Internet for secure ...

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