Servoy Blurs Line Between Web Apps, Desktop AppsBy Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-07-01 Email Print
For those tired of maintaining separate code bases for Web and desktop applications, Servoy offers a way to consolidate those code bases and cut development time in half.
Web-based applications are all the rage. That's great news for application
developers, who are making a tidy living off of developing those fancy
browser-based applications, but where does that leave those developing
traditional client/server rich desktop applications? The situation for those
developers is quickly becoming "evolve or die." The shift to
Web-based applications has started and it is unstoppable.
While traditional desktop-based applications have proven their worth with stability, security and maintainability, that is not enough to stem the tide, and businesses of all sizes are being forced to develop rich applications for the Web.
For many, Web application development using AJAX, .NET and other technologies (or architectures) has meant maintaining two separate code bases, one for the Web and one for the desktop. Usually, it also means more than doubling overall development costs and, in many cases, staffing levels. That is only a small part of the problem. Keeping two code bases synchronized and development goals on track usually adds another layer of management and tools, along with exponentially increasing the likelihood of bugs and broken applications.
Of course, the simple answer is to not have two code bases. With a single code base, most of those problems can be eliminated and costs can be contained. Regrettably, consolidating into a single code base has pretty much been impossible, mostly due to the unique challenges presented to developers by both the desktop and the Web, each with its own specific requirements and rules for building functional applications. That creates a big decision for many: Should development efforts be focused on the Web or the desktop?