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we don't use java (we have other technologies) but we deliver all our
applications this way. and they are big.
one is a manufacturing planning, control, costing, order entry etc. it
is web based because it is in use by staff moving around the world
(particularly, but not only, china and australia). it's also used as the
access point for the factory to complete manufacturing data and access
packing lists etc.
xml moves data between servers - the warehouse oeprates from independent
another is a large retail management application - rented on our servers
by many customers. and then there's distribution.
this is technology that has been viable for 10 years now and we wouldn't
plan a project any other way.
having said that, you need a compliant database (and i still don't
think, in spite of it's popularity, that sql based stuff is the answer),
developer centers. but it works so well.
the only argument against it is the number of technologies programming
staff need to be skilled at. (or if you must use java, the complexity of
everything else is good.
bryan rasmussen wrote:
>I'm in the start up phase of a project that should provide a gui
>client as one of its deliverables. I argued today for a browser based
>client, because there was frankly nothing I could see that meant it
>should not be in the browser, the other argument was that it would be
>java based because it was required to be cross-platform (which I
>pointed out one could expect the browser based client to be as well)
>Another argument I put forward would be that we could produce it as a
>web based client that would be accessable at either an url or as a web
>based client that people could download and install and run as
>localhost on a different port than 80.
>There are numerous programmer tools that use this strategy, for
>example various databases but I'm aware of only two end user
>applications of any major size that have used this approach, the open
>source erlang-based J-EAI and Google Desktop . Does anyone know of any
>others? Can anyone make any arguments against this particular model
>for local clients, arguments for?
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