Raymond Gao

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In the history of technology, the growth rate of the World Wide Web (W3) was unprecedented. The Internet spread faster and matured more rapidly than the TV, the radio, or even the light bulb. It was the "big bang" phenomenon of information. W3 helped transform global business into a giant, borderless exchange, with information valued as currency. In the course of its rapid development, the principles of distributed computing, component engineering, and reuse were very important. That's evidenced by proposals ranging from application-to-application integration (A2A), business-to-business commerce (B2B), and collaborative computing to message-oriented-middleware (MOM), n-tier architecture, object-oriented analysis and design (OOA and OOD) techniques, and more. Some of those initiatives have been successfully implemented, including the component object model (COM) and... (more)