Web Solution Platform (Distributed interNet Applications Architecture (DNA))

(In chemistry, DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid.

(In chemistry, DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid.)

Formerly known as DNA (Distributed interNet Applications Architecture), Microsoft's Web Solution Platform is a framework for fitting Windows and the PC into the 3-tier application concept.In addition to the Windows operating system and the Internet Explorer (IE) browser, Microsoft identifies these concepts, services, and products as part of its Web Solution Platform:

  • The Component Object Model (COM), including both:
    • Microsoft's own COM and related technologies
    • Industry specifications based on COM
  • Presentation Services (the mechanics of managing the user interface) including:
    • HTML and Dynamic HTML (DHTML)
    • Script languages
    • Components (such as windows, icons, task bars, and so forth)
    • Win32
  • Application Services
    • The Internet Information Server (IIS, part of the Windows NT Web server)
    • Microsoft Message Queue Server (MSMQ)
    • Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS)
  • Data Access Services
    • Universal Data Access (UDA)
    • ActiveX Data Objects (ADO)
    • Object Linking and Embedding DB
  • Windows System Services
    • Directory
    • Security
    • Management
    • Networking and Communications
  • Other Tools
    • VisualStudio (a visual programming interface)
    • FrontPage (a WYSIWYG Web page building tool)
    • Microsoft BackOffice
This was first published in September 2005

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