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Decision Point for Choosing a Web Application Architecture

Published: 17 May 2017

ID: G00317247

Analyst(s): Danny Brian


A web application's architecture will determine flexibility in design, development and deployment. Before selecting frameworks or patterns for their next project, technical professionals responsible for web application architecture should choose the right architecture.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Principles
    • Loose Coupling
    • Client Deployment Flexibility
  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Rich User Experience
    • Browser Support
    • Developer Competency
    • Language Support
    • Web APIs
    • Centralized Identity
    • Functional Complexity
    • Long-Term Viability


  • Blending the Alternatives
  • Modern Web App Architecture
    • The Default Recommended Architecture
  • Traditional Web Application Architecture
    • Is Traditional Web Application Architecture Still Relevant?
  • Generated Web Application Architecture
    • When Should You Use Generated Web Application Architecture?

Future Developments

  • Changing Business Requirements
  • Framework Developments
  • Future Web Standards

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