Services Web Applications

What are the Benefits of a Web Application?
A web application relieves the developer of the responsibility of building a client for a specific type of computer or a specific operating system. Since the client runs in a web browser, the user could be using an IBM-compatible system or a Mac. They can be running Windows XP or Windows Vista. They can even be using Internet Explorer or Firefox, though some applications require a specific web browser.

Web applications commonly use a combination of server-side script (ASP, PHP, etc) and client-side script (HTML, Javascript, etc.) to develop the application. The client-side script deals with the presentation of the information while the server-side script deals with all the hard stuff like storing and retrieving the information.

How Long Have Web Applications Been Around?
Web Applications have been around since before the web gained mainstream popularity. For example, Larry Wall developed Perl, a popular server-side scripting language, in 1987. That was seven years before the Internet really started gaining popularity outside of academic and technology circles.

The first mainstream web applications were relatively simple, but the late 90's saw a push toward more complex web applications. Nowadays, millions of Americans use a web application to file their income taxes on the web.