Designing Data-Intensive Web Applications

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781558608436
eBook ISBN: 9780080503936
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 16th December 2002
Page Count: 562
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The most prominent Web applications in use today are data-intensive. Scores of database management systems across the Internet access and maintain large amounts of structured data for e-commerce, on-line trading, banking, digital libraries, and other high-volume sites.

Developing and maintaining these data-intensive applications is an especially complex, multi-disciplinary activity, requiring all the tools and techniques that software engineering can provide. This book represents a breakthrough for Web application developers. Using hundreds of illustrations and an elegant intuitive modeling language, the authors—all internationally-known database researchers—present a methodology that fully exploits the conceptual modeling approach of software engineering, from idea to application. Readers will learn not only how to harness the design technologies of relational databases for use on the Web, but also how to transform their conceptual designs of data-intensive Web applications into effective software components.

Key Features

  • A fully self-contained introduction and practitioner's guide suitable for both technical and non-technical members of staff, as well as students.

  • A methodology, development process, and notation (WebML) based on common practice but optimized for the unique challenges of high-volume Web applications.

  • Completely platform- and product-independent; even the use of WebML is optional.

  • Based on well-known industry standards such as UML and the Entity Relationship Model.

  • Enhanced by its own Web site (, containing additional examples, papers, teaching materials, developers' resources, and exercises with solutions.


Web application developers, DB application developers, systems architects, IT managers, project managers, ecommerce application developers, upper-division undergraduate and graduate computer science students in classes such as Web application development, ecommerce application development, DB application development

Table of Contents

FOREWORD by Adam Bosworth. PREFACE. PART ONE Technology Overview: Technologies for Web Applications. PART TWO Models for Designing Web Applications: Data Model. Hypertext Model. Content Management Model. Advanced Hypertext Model. PART THREE Design of Web Applications: Overview of the Development Process. Requirements Specifications. Data Design. Hypertext Design. PART FOUR Implementation of Web Applications: Architecture Design. Data Implementation. Hypertext Implementation. Advanced Hypertext Implementation. Tools for Model-Based Development of Web Applications. APPENDIX: Summary of WebML Elements. WebML Syntax. OCL Syntax. Summary of WebML Elements Implementation. REFERENCES. INDEX.


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"...present a methodology that fully exploits the conceptual modeling approach of software engineering, from idea to application."

As described by the authors, the goal of this book is the proposal of a mix of concepts, notations, and techniques for the construction of data-intensive Web applications, which can be used by Web development teams to support all the activities of the application lifecycle, from analysis to deployment and evolution.The authors achieve this purpose, and provide an easy to read, but more importantly, an easy to follow set of instructions, methods, and examples to guide programmers in moving to the data-intensive applications that the more dynamic Web and portal technologies require. The books combination and extension of known modeling techniques in a new constellation, to create a new software engineering technique, may well prove to be its major contribution. The creativity of the combination of techniques to form a method is remarkable, as is the books easy pedagogic style.

A conceptual modeling language, Web Markup Language (WebML) is introduced in the text. This language follows the entity-relationship (E-R) model and Universal Markup Language (UML) syntax, and thus will be natural for those familiar with E-R and UML. This language is used to guide the reader in specifying and designing a Web application, including requirements specification, data design, and hypertext design. A data intensive Web application is a Web site that accesses and maintains large amounts of structured data. Most current Web sites and emerging application sites are of this nature.

Four major sections are contained in the book. The first section is a technology overview that gives the reader a basic foundation in Web application software. Models for designing Web applications are covered in the second section, which covers the E-R modeling tools and UML in a very readable way that leads to the introduction of hypertext and content mode