RIA: What it is?
It is basically a web application that behaves more or less like a desktop application. In earlier days, RIAs were mainly used on static pages but now, they are widely employed for giving users a different taste. They are more powerful, feature-rich and more user-friendly. However, RIA is not without shortcomings. Unlike desktop based applications where reloading is not required, web application needs to be reloaded completely for opening a new page or for fetching information via web. Moreover, desktop application is much more user-friendly than its counterpart is, since it runs on the machine of the users and therefore it is good at delivering seamless service.
But you should not make a conclusion that web application is good for nothing because it can be accessed anytime and from anywhere. This application is having some issues related to user interactivity but people are working hard on it to redress this issue as quickly as possible.
RIA: A Viable Solution: – It is really tough to reap the benefits of both the applications. RIAs are really good at providing highly interactive and feature-rich interface to the users. As there are a number of RIAs available, you need to know the pros and cons of each of these below mentioned RIA frameworks if you want to make your mark felt in this changing topography: –
Silverlight: – It is rival product of Adobe Flex/Adobe Flash from the houses of Microsoft. But sadly enough this product has failed to gain popularity and it seems it is groping in the dark about how to make it popular among users. As is to be expected, Silverlight applications are based on .NET backend and that means you will have to shell out a good amount of money for the same purpose. Netflix is one of those few sites that are running on Silverlight.