Web API Database Systems for Rapid Web Application Development

Takeru INOUE  Hiroshi ASAKURA  Yukio UEMATSU  Hiroshi SATO  Noriyuki TAKAHASHI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E93-D   No.12   pp.3181-3193
Publication Date: 2010/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E93.D.3181
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Networking)
Web API,  database management system,  REST,  

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Web APIs are offered in many Web sites for Ajax and mashup, but they have been developed independently since no reusable database component has been specifically created for Web applications. In this paper, we propose WAPDB, a distributed database management system for the rapid development of Web applications. WAPDB is designed on Atom, a set of Web API standards, and provides several of the key features required for Web applications, including efficient access control, an easy extension mechanism, and search and statistics capabilities. By introducing WAPDB, developers are freed from the need to implement these features as well as Web API processing. In addition, its design totally follows the REST architectural style, which gives uniformity and scalability to applications. We develop a proof-of-concept application with WAPDB, and find that it offers great cost effectiveness with no significant impact on performance; in our experiments, the development cost is reduced to less than half with the overhead (in use) of response times of just a few msec.