Rich Internet Apps

Ryan Stewart writes: “For a great many things, technologies like Flash, OpenLaszlo and Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E) will give you a rich, web based deskop-like experience. The ubiquity and ease of the web can finally be used to deliver powerful, compelling experiences. But there are other applications that need the extra tie to the desktop. They may need to synchronize data or even just make use of the file system. By leveraging Rich Internet Applications, we can use the same code base that power our web-based RIAs, and simply add some of the desktop features we need. Once people start to get that, there is a lot to be gained in productivity and cost savings. Thinking aboout webified desktop applicatons is thinking about the past. The future is going to be applications that mostly run on the web, but have mechanisims to take advantage of the desktop when needed.”

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.