January 2008

January 16, 2008 - Web 2.0 for Server Side Programmers

Topic Summary

The first major advances in internet technologies were often tied to the server side, such as the advancement of multi-tiered architectures after the first wave of brochure sites grew stale. J2EE and application servers combined with quicker database technology made server-side programming an important skill, with the popular model-view-controller pattern allowing us to almost completely avoid front-end work. Web 2.0 is a more complex phenomenon, with advancements in both client- and server-side applications which can appeal to software developers.

Ilana Davidi will define Web 2.0 in terms of technology, community, and commerce, including why it takes so long to define. Ilana will then detail why the related advancement of technologies such as CSS and AJAX makes front-end (or end-to-end) programming more appealing to us steadfast server-side programmers. Ilana will talk a bit about what has happened on the server side to accommodate this wave of change, as well as how the onset of community-centered sites can benefit the professional programmer as well as the technically naïve who get introduced to the web through sites such as myspace. This presentation will be based on a paper Ilana co-wrote while at MIT which is used as a Web 2.0 introductory paper in the Business of Software class.
The paper can be found here:

About the Speaker

Ilana Davidi graduated from Dartmouth College in 1996 with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She taught herself Java (1.0.2) and several other languages while with her first company out of college, a small technical consulting firm. She then took this experience to CNN/Sports Illustrated where she led a successful ASP-to-J2EE architecture conversion and several other projects. After five years, she headed back to Boston where she worked for MITRE (a defense firm) and a start-up in Cambridge while earning her Master’s degree in Engineering and Management at MIT. Now armed with a degree appropriate to her chosen profession and experience, she has started her own technical consulting firm in Sarasota, Florida.

The event will be hosted by FCCI Insurance Group. FCCI located at
6300 University Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34240, which is just east
of exit 213 off I75.
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Food and refreshments will be provided by TechUSA

Meeting Schedule

6-7PM: Food and Networking
7PM - 9PM: Presentation

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