CAP Glossary

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is a term to describe contemporary websites or web technology that has been implemented using the latest standards and design techniques established after the dot-com crash of 2001. Web 2.0 doesn't refer to any fundamental change in the Internet itself, but rather the design focus has shifted to attractive and clean designs, and many functions that were once only available to large-scale websites have now become available for nearly any web developer to use. Much of the growth in Web 2.0 technology has come from open source development, meaning programs where the source code is provided to anyone that wants it, free of charge. This has led to a rapid expansion collaborative coding projects which aren't fueled by a major corporation, but rather are assembled together by coders that simply want to create interesting technology.