operating systemApple 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
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
Apple acquired WebObjects from NeXT
, along with Steve Jobs
WebObjects Home (http://apple.com/webobjects/).