Web Intermediaries (WBI)
A caching web proxy is a simple example of an HTTP
intermediary. Intermediary-based programming is
particularly useful for adding functionality to a
system when the data producer (e.g., server or
database) or the data consumer (e.g., browser)
cannot be modified.
| Aiming to produce a more powerful and flexible
web, we have developed the concept of intermediaries.
Intermediaries are computational entities that can be positioned
anywhere along an information stream and are programmed to tailor,
customize, personalize, or otherwise enhance data as they flow
along the stream.
|| Intermediaries create
Web Intermediaries (WBI, pronounced "webby") is
an architecture and framework for creating
intermediary applications on the web. WBI is a
programmable web proxy and web server. We are now
making available the WBI
Development Kit for building web intermediary
applications within the WBI framework, using Java
APIs. Many types of applications can be
built with WBI; you can also download some plugins.
intermediary application is the transformation of
information from one form to another, a process
called transcoding. In
fact, the WBI Development Kit now provides the
same plugin APIs as
IBM WebSphere Transcoding
Publisher. Applications developed with WBI
version 4.5 can be used with the Transcoding
Publisher product (with a few exceptions),
as WBI constitutes the backbone on which
transcoding operations run.
Other examples of
intermediary applications include:
WBI has an interesting and entertaining history.