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  • An Infernal Device: Browser-Stored Do-It-Yourself Continuations for Web Programming

    One of the greatest difficulties of writing web-based applications is the stateless nature of the Hyper-Text Transport Protocol. In particular, the stateless protocol makes the control structure of the application much less clear. One excellent approach to handling the control structure problem is the use of continuations, data structures which explicitly represent the control structure of a program. This paper presents a framework for designing web applications, based on the research into continuations, which significantly clears up the control structure of web applications without requiring specialized languages or tools. It also discusses the kinds of storage available in the web server/web browser system and argues that different parts of the state of the application, including the control state, belong in particular kinds of storage. [id.pdf]

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