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Chapter 1. Web Site Design > Trends in Web Site Design

Trends in Web Site Design

When the Web was growing at its fastest rate, new, high-end technologies were being thrown at content providers and users at an alarming rate—so fast, in fact, that few people took the time to think about whether they were really appropriate. Instead, many technologies were used just for the sake of using them. Frequently, the result was disastrous—lengthy download times, unusable pages, and annoyed users. In the late 1990s, the Web community has demonstrated a move that could be seen as "getting back to basics," in which the high-end stuff is rarely, if ever, used. This chapter closes with a look at this and some of the other site design trends that will carry us into the new millennium.

Server-Side Processing

When Java was released, it was touted as the panacea for Web programming. Several years later, though, Java has not panned out as the "end-all" language for Web-based data processing. Part of the problem was that users were just too impatient to wait for Java applets to load. Security was also a concern as programmers discovered security "holes" in Java that could put a user's machine at risk.


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