The 'Google Effect'So why the interest in rich Internet apps? The short answer is that Google did it. While there are many instances of RIAs out there, it was the power of Google Maps and Gmail that demonstrated rich clients to the average user. Google's use of Ajax and back-end APIs provided an interface close to native client apps for the user and provided capabilities such as dynamic interface updates, layers and windows, and even some disconnected capabilities. All of which made Google stand out from competitors that only provided conventional HTTP push and pull interfaces, technology that's now well over ten years old.
No Turning Back from Rich Internet Apps
Offering more than just dazzling interfaces, rich Internet apps for the enterprise will personalize interaction, empower mobile users and improve client and back-end flexibility. Here's what to look for -- and what to look out for -- when choosing RIA development approaches.