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Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Hugh Winkler says... (via Sean McGrath)

But if you're not pushing a bunch of hypertext down to my browser, you're not helping me explore the space.
I agree with this. Nothing about the server should be specific to the client. Adobe promotes FDS (Flex Data Services) and there may be a time and place to use it (or not), but that's not "on the web".

I don't think developers should slide into the mode of piece-wise assembly of a bunch of widgets and wiring them up to the automated updaters keeping objects-in-sync across networks.

But taking a more web-oriented approach doesn't preclude using client stuff that's a bit more expressive than current popular browsers. There're good ajax apps and there're bad ajax apps. Same with other "RIA" technologies.

RIAs built on something like Flex and possibly Apollo, but using the web in the right way is appealing to me. Finding more simple ways to build the RIA part *and* get the most out of the web is an interesting challenge.


Patrick Mueller said...

Other interesting challenges: keeping your content 'google-able', and available for dumb HTML clients and available for RIAs, all at the same time.

Patrick Logan said...

Yes, another reason not to have your server all RIA-tool-specific. If it just serves up indexable content and stuff using generally recognizable mime types then all the tools should be able to have at it.

Serve from the web, update to the web. But do so using the simplest, most expressive (and as open as possible) technologies.

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