Smart Client Rejections

Monday, January 3, 2005

I’m convinced smart clients will rule the world again one day, and we will all look back at ‘web application’ development as being the gigantic kludge that tied over application development until everything underneath us became virtualized.

A few weeks ago I pitched a web service / smart client design to a handful of people at a customer site. The people who will use the software loved the idea, but the people who make the final decision do not – they seem to think every solution involves server generated PDF files. PDFs are to usability as lead weights are to mobility.

I don’t remember the early 90’s being so bad as to scare everyone off of thick clients forever, but it does seem like an uphill climb at times.

I’m persistent though….


Comments
John Monday, January 3, 2005
'Persistence' being your primary problem. Ironic?
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<br>I hate PDFs. I won't install a PDF client on principle. Adobe sucks.
Darrell Tuesday, January 4, 2005
I'm primarily an ASP.NET developer, but still. The app we just sent to production really needed the rich UI experience of a smart client.
Scott Tuesday, January 4, 2005
My life is full of irony! :)
Scott Mitchell Thursday, January 6, 2005
I can see the comfort in PDF. It allows for platform-independent layout in ways that Web browsers do not support. For those dinosaurs that are used to working with paper, working with PDF is a step in the right direction. It's a transition... :-)
Ignacio Machin Friday, January 28, 2005
I think the same, smart clients are very good solutions for a lot problems.
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<br>PDF is a good idea, I use it a lot, especially for the reports, all the reports are generated in CR and exported as PDF.
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<br>It would be the greatest thing if the framework include support for pdf
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<br>cheers,
<br>Ignacio
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