Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Allen, Edward B.

Committee Member

Haupt, Tomasz

Committee Member

Phillip, Thomas

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Computer Science

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


The development of an AJAX-based web application involves several challenges as the webpage is updated by using the AJAX calls without reloading the entire page as in any traditional webpage. This prevents one from going back to the previous view of the page as the browser does not reload the entire page; instead it only updates the page. My hypothesis is that if an AJAX-based application is designed by using the software architecture style called the Representational State Transfer (REST), then it is possible to overcome these challenges, which cannot be handled by using web-services. In order to investigate this, the Material Properties Repository, an AJAX-based application was redesigned by using REST. The results support my initial hypothesis. In this process of designing MPR using REST, a generalized software engineering process was created for designing an AJAX-based application RESTfully.