The goal of this exercise is to help you:
- Learn to easily identify web applications
- Be able to identify how/when requests are being made in those applications, and trace the (high-level) steps they take to fulfill those requests
- Identify & pick 3 web applications that you use frequently.
- In your Field Notes, or notebook, for each of those web applications, answer the following:
- How do you know it’s a web application?
- Come up with 3 ways you can make a request to that web application, and write down the individual (high-level) steps involved in that request, from start to finish. (Bonus points for using front end and back end in your descriptions!)
The web application: Facebook
I know it’s a web application because it’s comprised of a collection of pages whose information are constantly changing and being updated, dynamically, all the time.
A single request:
- Click the Profile link in the main menu
- That tells the application that I want to view my Profile
- It gathers all of that information
- Then it sends me to my Profile page and displays my Profile information
Remember: web applications function a lot like restaurants
works in a very similar fashion to this: