Web 2.0 is a collection of World Wide Web pages that emphasizes user generated content, and interoperability for end users. The term ‘Web 2.0’ actually refers to the current version of online technology compared with earlier version, characterized by greater user interactivity and collaboration, extensive network connectivity, and advanced communication channels.
A major difference between Web 2.0 and the traditional World Wide Web or web 1.0 is the way webpages are designed and used. A web 2.0 website allows users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue, where user-generated content is shared among each other while interacting; whereas in first generation web 1.0 websites are limited to the passive viewing of content. Example: Web 2.0 consists of social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn; blogs, video sharing sites (YouTube), hosted services, web applications, and mash-up applications.
SOAP and REST are used in Web 2.0 for machine-based interactions. Basically, a web API is an application programming interface (API) for either a web server or a web browser. It is a new Microsoft Framework used to build REST-based interfaces. Through Web API the data can be presented in any format, not just JSON or XML.
The term Web 2.0 was popularized by Tim O’Reilly during O’Reilly Media Web 2.0 Conference in late 2004.
7 key features of Web 2.0:
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