Construction by Linking: The Linkbase Method
The success of many innovative Web applications is not based on the content they produce but on how they combine and link existing content. Older Web Engineering methods lack flexibility in a sense that they rely strongly on a-priori knowledge of existing content structures and do not take into account initially unknown content sources. We propose the adoption of principles that are also found in Component-based Software Engineering, to assemble highly extensible solutions from reusable artifacts. The main contribution of our work is a support system, consisting of a central service that manages n:m relationships between arbitrary Web resources, and of Web application components that realize navigation, presentation, and interaction for the linked content.