Photobucket uses two different programming languages and a multimedia software suite to deliver services to members. They are:
- The Java programming language, which is a popular, robust computing language humans can read. The Java language allows programmers to create complex Web applications using a comparatively simple language. After writing the application, the programmers must run their program through a compiler, which converts the code from the Java language into a machine-readable format. Primarily, programmers use the Java programming language to create applications designed for network computing. Photobucket encourages all members to enable Java on their respective Web browsers -- otherwise, the Web site might not work for those users. Java does the heavy lifting in the Photobucket infrastructure.
- The third element Photobucket uses is Adobe Flash. Flash is a multimedia software suite designed to create animation and Web applications. Photobucket's interface uses Flash to make the user experience interactive and intuitive.
Behind the scenes, Photobucket stores images and video on a network of servers and data storage devices housed in various facilities in Colorado. Photobucket partners with companies like Data393, and Switch and Data, which provide data center facilities. A data center is a specialized warehouse -- its design incorporates the cooling, bandwidth, networking and power capabilities necessary to keep a large network of physical machines running. Photobucket uses its own hardware and software in these data centers.
Next, we'll take a look at some things you can do with your Photobucket account.