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REST: From Research to Practice

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A REST Framework for Dynamic Client Environments

  • Erik AlbertAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Maine
  • , Sudarshan S. ChawatheAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Maine Email author 

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Abstract

The REST Framework for Dynamic Client Environments (RFDE) is a method for building RESTful Web applications that fully exploit the diverse and rich feature-sets of modern client environments while retaining functionality in the absence of these features. For instance, we describe how an application may use a modern JavaScript library to enhance interactivity and end-user experience while also maintaining usability when the library is unavailable to the client (perhaps due to incompatible software). These methods form a framework that we have developed as part of our work on a Web application for presenting large volumes of scientific datasets to nonspecialists.