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Apple Computer, Inc.'s application server framework for developing dynamic web applications.

WebObjects applications accept HTTP requests either directly (usually on a specific port) or via an adaptor that sits between them and the web server. Adaptors are either CGI programs or web server plug-ins (NSAPI or ISAPI).

The server processes special tags in HTML pages to produce dynamic but standard HTML. Tools are provided to easily set and get object properties and invoke methods from these tags. Applications can maintain state over multiple HTTP request-response transactions (which are intrinsically stateless). Applications can also use Apple's Enterprise Object Framework object relational mapping libraries for object persistence and database access.

WebObjects was originally based on Objective C and a simple scripting language but now is more likely to be used with Java. Versions are available for OS X, Windows and Unix.

Apple acquired WebObjects from NeXT, along with Steve Jobs.

WebObjects Home.
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Web objects

(1) The elements on a Web page, which include text, graphics, URLs and scripts.

(2) A sophisticated development environment from Apple for creating Web applications that run on NT, Solaris, HP/UX and OPENSTEP Mach. Supporting the major databases, WebObjects enables development in Java and a variety of C versions including Objective-C and C++.
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Exhibit 1: Middleware Products Products Web site Active Server Pages www.asp101.com Cold Fusion www.allaire.com Sapphire/Web www.bluestone.com WebHub www.href.com WebObjects www.apple.com/Webobjects/
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Among the reviewed products, we cite Microsoft's Visual InterDev, Visual Basic 5, and Access97, Oracle Developer 2000, Inprise IntraBuilder, Sybase's PowerBuilder, Apple's WebObjects, NetDynamic's Visual Studio, Asymetrix SuperCede Database Edition, and Allaire's Cold Fusion Application Wizards.
As Jobs himself put it: "WWDC is a must." Other attractions will include technical tracks on Mac OS X, Java, QuickTime, AppleScript, WebObjects, the Universal Serial Bus (USB) and FireWire.