Issue No. 03 - May/June (2008 vol. 12)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2008.69
James T. Rayfield , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Avraham Leff , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Relational Blocks (RBLOCKS) is a visual dataflow language for writing multipage interactive applications that access relational data, transform relational data, and display relational data in a GUI. WebRB is an implementation of RBLOCKS for a Web-application environment. WebRB is deployed as a software service: developers run the WebRB visual editor in a standard Firefox Web browser and store their page designs and data on the WebRB server. Applications are deployed on a server that interprets visual page designs as Web pages and manages the application's inter-page navigation and associated data-flows. WebRB is a different way to write Web applications because of the use of visual page designs, the lack of imperative code, and use of relational semantics.
relational blocks, web relational blocks, programming web applications, visual programming languages, declarative programming, relational algebra, relational model, software as a service
James T. Rayfield, Avraham Leff, "WebRB: A Different Way to Write Web Applications", IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 12, no. , pp. 52-61, May/June 2008, doi:10.1109/MIC.2008.69