Ivor O’Connor

February 1, 2009

The case against Web apps

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 5:18 pm

InfoWorld has an article I found interesting only because on the surface it’s exactly the opposite of my views.

On January 29, 2009 he states the following:

1. It’s client-server all over again.
2. Web UIs are a mess.
3. Browser technologies are too limiting.
4. The big vendors call the shots.
5. Should every employee have a browser?

1) No more so than any other app.

2) Less so than any other UI that works across all machines.

3) Or perhaps the people specifying the design and implementation are not qualified.

4) Persistent client side storage has been specified but not built into the browsers yet. The open source google gears library allows for these specifications on all browsers on all operating systems now. There are even universal open source plotting libraries supplied by google. So what shots are being called by big vendors?

5) So the author thinks employers have employees that should be fired? Fire them then.

In conclusion this is a fluff article to make people think. Perhaps the author is playing devils-advocate to get a rise from the community so more people realize Web apps are the way to go.


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