When you remember the installer-screen below you’ve been in the era where most people were wondering where that Internet was actually useful for…
Once installed you would be greeted by a friendly doggy holding a floppy disc ; yup around that time of the century.. Sneaker net was hot and the Internet was beyond a dialtone if you weren’t running an ISP.
Not sure what happened to that icon right after Apple ditched the floppydrive but a lot of historical landmarks in the world of web development were made since. After FTP the next useful thing became the WorldWideWeb and when Mosaic actually added the “feature” to embed an inline image things really took of.
Earlier we moved from mainframe with dumb terminal to a heavy PC on every dektop. In the 1990-2000s we moved back to server based stuff was invented to make early “web-applications” which talked to a “dumb” web client.
A big leap forward in web development on the client side was actually made by our friendly fiend Microsoft. They do create something useful every once in a while 🙂 XMLHttpRequest was a very good brainfart. It became a standard when other browsers followed and implemented it as well.
Yesterday there was an update on the new XMLHttpRequest : Fetch and it is already implemented in current Firefox and Chrome and IE is suit to follow. Fetch improves and uniforms the communication of the application with network resources. Good to have and another step towards an environment where a programmer can feel at home.