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Thick Vs Web Client

 
Prashant Purkar
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Hi ,

When choosing between thick client and Web based client, what are the limitation a web based client can have?

Presumably UI is not very complex for both clients.
With web based client one can not access local file system.

Are there any other limitation in the same line



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Prashant
 
Dmitri Ericsson
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With thick client you can provide usability easier, than with web-based. Yes, it is possible to add AJAX, JavaScript, but in many cases with thick client you get look-and-fee out of the box
 
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Prashant Purkar wrote:Hi ,

When choosing between thick client and Web based client, what are the limitation a web based client can have?

Presumably UI is not very complex for both clients.
With web based client one can not access local file system.

Are there any other limitation in the same line



Thanks
Prashant


Are you assuming that the web application have certain security limitations?
 
Deepak Bala
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Well yes thick clients do have their limitations. Read - Write local files / Opening sockets / Accessing hardware devices / Need for network connectivity etc etc are limitations.

The choice may ultimately have to weigh in more options in order to make a decision.
 
Prashant Purkar
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Thank you all !!

Deepak, the client in question may have to talk to hardware and thats a imp point to bring it up.

For a web based client trying to access local files or opening sockets , i have seen an applet embedded in a jsp asking for user permissions and doing the work.

Is that a best of both clients?

Thanks again.

Prashant
 
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Not sure if that is the best of both worlds. I would say no. If the applet needs special permissions and should be signed and accepted by the user before it can do its work, would it not make sense to write a Swing client instead ? Or how about JNLP ? Some developers dont like to use it but it would install the swing based client on the system and then carry out its work.

Just throwing out my thoughts. The solution would depend on the requirement
 
Prashant Purkar
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Good idea deepak.

I guess, for a limied number of internal users (as in my case) one can easily ask to accept the applet signature.
But the same thing may not be good for a commercial web site.

Thanks for twisting so many points.

Regards
Prashant
 
Prashant Purkar
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The one problem with swing clients is to update them at various places over a period of time.

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Prashant
 
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