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RE: Wasting half a trillion dollars?
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Anatole Tartakovsky <email@example.com>,Al Snell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 08:36:22 -0500
Yep. Done that. What do I get? an expensive to build
and debug, hard to maintain VB3 Application.
We can do a lot in the browser. We can't do it as well.
Developers are trendier than New York fashion models.
What wears well on the runway doesn't always wear well
on the dance floor or in the office. The dilemma is
not having good metrics for knowing when to choose
fat client/persistent connection technology over
thin client/stateless connection technology, but moreover,
knowing when the first should dominate the enterprise
and the second should be simply a window to the rest of the
world, maybe just a warehouse one ships data to but never
uses for business. Given ten years of trying to secure
the web and it is still being hacked, a warehouse on the
outskirts of town at that.
As for B2B schemas, the issue is not the
technology itself. We can make that work. The issue
is telling the one or two frontrunners in an industry
that because of their de facto status by market position
they have to submit their data designs to the public
and enable competition that has not invested in the
learning curve of the subject domain. It is like
asking you to smear yourself in bear pheromones and go
hiking on the Appalachian Trail: hard work, uncomfortable
beds, and you can never close your eyes to rest.
A little Objectivism is a healthy thing.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: Anatole Tartakovsky [mailto:email@example.com]
I agree that for real world back-office type database enabled applications
"fat client" beats "server-only" hands down. However, I would not discount
browser as "the best business application platform". Late versions of IE
(i.e. 5.5+) CAN be effectively used for "fat client" types of applications.
Few things often overlooked by "cross platform/browser" developers: