What is "Rich" in RIA?


I viewed my tag cloud and noticed some pattern in my posts. The topics are mostly inspired by feedback from various JavaFX related forums. So I think it reflects the requirements / expectations of end users.

Earlier developers focused on "User Interface" and first impression that I get from "RIA" is Photoshopped or GIMPed UI. But now we expand the scope so as to include various other aspects and focus on "User Experience". The scope of "RIA" itself may broaden to include "REA".

All these brings an interesting question.. What does "Rich" in "RIA" mean to you? Here is an attempt to map those "Rich" User Experience requirements back to technology and find what it means in terms of technology.

Please participate in this poll so as to help me understand your requirements.. This will also help me decide future topics to be included in my blogs.. Thanks a lot for your time, support and feedback..

Poll results announced here...

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Comments:

The core thing that our customers are looking for actually falls between your categories: client-side interactivity. For example, being able to drag the UI around to reconfigure it, being able to do rapid data entry where there are many field inter-dependencies that should cause fields to enable/disable or change appearance and validation rules.

Although it helps tremendously with performance, client-side interactivity is not strictly a performance feature. Instead, it allows you to create user interfaces that you simply can't create with a more server-oriented architecture that has to call back to the server to run event handlers (you can't do this in the midst of a drag).

Posted by Charles Kendrick on February 15, 2010 at 09:47 PM IST #

Thanks Charles Kendrick.. Thatz very good input, I'm not sure how to categorize it, may be a selecting both "Controls" and "Client - Server" option will reflect it.

Posted by Rakesh Menon on February 16, 2010 at 01:07 AM IST #

Thank you for interesting information. I was searching this information for a long time.

Posted by Lesya on February 16, 2010 at 08:14 AM IST #

view is very much divided :)

Posted by SM on February 16, 2010 at 09:14 AM IST #

@SM Agree (for now), I'll analyze the results and put in my thoughts once the poll is closed.. :)

Posted by Rakesh Menon on February 16, 2010 at 09:44 AM IST #

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