WEB BASED CLIENT APPLICATION FOR LECTURERS IN IBBU. A RESEARCH PROJECT MATERIAL ON COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION
CHAPTER 1: Introduction
1.1 Background of the Study
Most Web applications are based on the client-server architecture where the client enters information while the server stores and retrieves information. Internet mail is an example of this, with companies like Yahoo and MSN offering Web-based email clients. The new push for Web applications is crossing the line into those applications that do not normally need a server to store the information. Your word processor, for example, stores documents on your computer, and doesn’t need a server.
Web applications can provide the same functionality and gain the benefit of working across multiple platforms. For example, a Web application can act as a word processor, storing information and allowing you to ‘download’ the document onto your personal hard drive. If you have seen the new Gmail or Yahoo mail clients, you have seen how sophisticated Web applications have become in the past few years. Much of that sophistication is because of AJAX, which is a programming model for creating more responsive Web applications.
Google Apps, Microsoft Office Live and WebEx Web Office are examples of the newest generation of Web applications. Daniel Nations (2016). The research seeks to investigate Web Based Client application for lecturers in IBBU.
1.2 Statement of the Problem
The World Wide Web has become one of our primary means of information and communication, a space for expressing both private and professional interests, and at the same time a huge marketplace and economic factor. Today, it is a key platform for news and entertainment, e-commerce, research, communication and collaboration (USC 2007). The importance of the usability of the related user interfaces can hardly be overestimated. And yet, an important factor is omitted when content, structure and experience are designed and evaluated on the Web: we know surprisingly little about the way people interact with their browsers during their daily use of the Web, or about ways in which they revisit pages after a longer period.