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Re: web-based application or desktop application?

by Zaxo (Archbishop)
on Dec 04, 2003 at 05:38 UTC ( #312101=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to web-based application or desktop application?

Another advantage of web apps is that they are automatically platform independent - so long as the page designers permit it to be by keeping it simple. Avoid jazzy dhtml, flash, clientside scripting, etc., etc.

You can certainly save time on your app by getting designers in. It's good that you don't need to let them go nuts for an internal app. Think templates.

Don't stint security just because this is your intranet. HTTPS remains a good idea.

After Compline,
Zaxo


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Re: Re: web-based application or desktop application?
by pg (Canon) on Dec 04, 2003 at 05:51 UTC

    Authentication and security is definitely a fact here.

    We have a centralized authentication mechanism implemented for web applications. It defines the set of web pages a certain role can access, and what role(s) each user has.

    We tried to remove the authentication logic away from individual (web) applications, but desktop applications do not benefit from this.

Re: web-based application or desktop application?
by Abigail-II (Bishop) on Dec 04, 2003 at 09:23 UTC
    Another advantage of web apps is that they are automatically platform independent - so long as the page designers permit it to be by keeping it simple. Avoid jazzy dhtml, flash, clientside scripting, etc., etc.
    Yeah, in theory. In practise, many sites aren't simple (and considering the original post, this site isn't going to be simple either), and aren't platform independent at all.

    If you can afford to be 'simple', Java programs can be platform independent as well. And so a (Perl|Python|Tcl|...)/Tk application.

    Abigail

Re: Re: web-based application or desktop application?
by DaWolf (Curate) on Dec 09, 2003 at 01:27 UTC
    Quote: Another advantage of web apps is that they are automatically platform independent

    Not true. It may be true for pure HTML, but web apps are much more than just HTML. I've had a case wich the site simply went crazy on a Mac, but worked without any flaws on a win32 environment.

    Aside from that, we have the ever lasting browser issue. Making a good web app that is 100% cross-browser is a royal pain in the a** (sorry, but it is) and that's because a good web app must have a good interface, and well, from here the other replies (including mine below) speaks for themselves :)

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