Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
Richard McManus is holding a poll on whether Ajax is RIA.
These questions are always a little silly (users do not care about this answer…. they care about the usability of your application) but let’s indulge.
This stemmed from a post by Ryan Stewart who things that Ajax != RIA.
Wikipedia defines RIA as “web applications that have the features and functionality of traditional desktop applications.” You could argue for a long time on what these features are and if your RIA platform has to embrace everyone of them (including the bad ones?). For example, most desktop applications include an install step.
When I took a lot of the poll, Ajax was winning out. With some of the recent Ajax examples, it is hard to say that it isn’t rich. That doesn’t mean to say that it can do everything that Apollo, WPF, XUL and friends can do. It’s different.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:45 am