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Spring Recipes, Second Edition by Daniel Rubio, Josh Long, Gary Mak

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Chapter 10. Spring and Flex

It's an interesting time for web developers. The decade of the 2000s saw the rise of the rich Internet application. The idea of an Internet application as we know it is essentially a series of tradeoffs made by developers for the Internet, the ultimate platform. In the early '90s when client/server architectures ruled the day, every application communicated with its server differently, and most clients were operating system specific. Java came around and promised to unshackle the client from the operating system, but the fact remains that the fundamental interface between client and server was variable.

Along came the Internet and then the Web, and with it HTTP. The Internet wasn't designed to be an application platform; ...

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