Where I work, we have deployed a number of web-based applications and desktop-based application. Customers (internal ones) usually prefer web based applications, because:
- The look and feel is consistent (they already know how to use a web browser)
- They load fast
- Pages are "simpler" and easier to understand
For us, this means:
- No versioning hassles (ever tried to manage a project made oh hundreds of separate DLLs that depend on each other and are on a client that breaks 1,000 miles away?)
- No low-level hard-to-debug errors (the client breaks, leaks memory....)
- Shorter developement times
- Less 'layers' and less moving data back-and-fort
What you should not do, instead, is to say 'HTML is simple - let's embed it here and there'. This produces a mass (or a mess?) of unreadable code that will be very hard to mantain and understand when the project's over (when you have three or four nested tables, whose TD is that?)
My 0.02 euros
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