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Rich Internet Applications – RIA Development

 

What are Rich Internet Applications (RIA)?

Rich Internet applications (RIA) are web applications that have the features and functionality of traditional desktop applications. RIAs typically provide a "no-refresh" look to the user interface and provide what is now being known as HDuX - High Definition User eXperience. For an end user, RIA apps bring the best of client-server and web technology and for most ISVs and E-businesses, it is now imperative to adopt RIA technology for their next release.

From software development perspective RIA follows a standard software development model with rich controls that include powerful data and multimedia capability allowing us to present a rich set of information in an attractive interface. From design perspective, RIA delivers highly customizable output with a CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) based model.

RIA – High Definition User eXperience.

Emergence of RIA

The Internet started as a mode of delivering static data with HTML. Soon this gave way to business applications that demanded dynamic information. This was supported by scripts like JavaScript that improved user experience. However the emergence of complex business systems presented new challenges for the web. Unlike simple applications, the new business systems required features that involved numerous steps. This resulted in confusion for users since different steps were needed to perform a single transaction that involved long traversal through the applications through multiple forms and interfaces. Moreover the synchronous nature of these applications reduced performance and resulted in slow rendering. At this juncture Web Spiders realized that there was a need to use a technology that would remove these shortcomings and will have the ability to deliver complex information quickly in an engaging mode to users. And then there was RIA which not only solved these problems by bringing in the age old usability of desktop applications but also incorporated features that would serve the complex enterprise requirements of the future.

What is special in RIA?

  • RIA works in web
    Although RIA presents a new face to web users it retains its capability of easy access from virtually anywhere in the world; in a much better way. Since Web Spiders has been delivering web solutions for long time we were quick to adopt RIA to add value to our software solutions and services
  • RIA appears – never refreshes
    Information in RIA always appear to users eliminating distractive page refreshes. This makes our RIA applications an immediate winner
  • RIA reduces network traffic
    Since RIA works in asynchronous mode and most of the processing is intensive at client end, it reduces network traffic resulting in improved performance and better experience for user. At Web Spiders, we have been constantly striving to deliver solutions that not only enhance usability but also reduce network and server overheads. RIA adds to our purpose
  • RIA is rich
    RIA retains the ability of web to present complex information to users but adds to this capability by incorporating richness and user interactivity. RIA applications support a rich set of visual elements like images, graphics, video etc. that seamlessly integrate with the core business elements and allow rich user interactivity and experience. RIA has opened new avenues for Web Spiders in delivering the richness that is undeniably the best a business can get
  • RIA is real
    RIA works in real time enabling business services like conference messenger and on-demand services. RIA enables Web Spiders to reach these business domains and deliver the best
  • RIA makes it easy
    RIA helps users to understand and use complex business applications by reducing web traversals and show most of the information at a single integrated interface without the need for the user to move from one interface to another. Our solutions at Web Spiders have always made life easy for end-users. RIA comes as a surprise to make their life even better

RIA Architecture

The distinctive feature that distinguishes RIA architecture from general web architecture is its rendering engine. RIA uses a rendering engine that works from client-end and acts as a mediator between the web server and user.

On the server side, most RIA applications include a server component that works for the rendering engine by processing the client-end business logic.

As a result of this innovative architecture, RIA offers that following advantages:

  • Information is fetched from server and updated in an asynchronous mode based on user needs
  • Information is cached and the same is delivered to user without fetching these from the server every time
  • Fast application response

RIA and SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture)

SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) results in applications that consist of a complex set of discrete services that congregate to serve one or more business processes. Although SOA has brought a radical change in software philosophy, delivering services to users in a perceptive way has proved to be a big challenge.

Applications developed at Web Spiders uses RIA to leverage SOA by presenting a complex set of services to users in a smart and easy way. A simple way for RIA to use a web service is through AJAX.

RIA tool

Adobe Flex is a RIA tool that enables us to develop RIA in a quick delivery model resulting in high productivity and customer satisfaction.

Benefits of RIA

For Web Spiders, RIA offers a unique framework enabling a rich set of features that add more value to businesses in the long run. This is where RIA helps our customers:

  • Increased productivity
    RIA development is based on a traditional development model that is easy to learn, follow and deliver. This makes RIA development highly productive
  • Low operational cost and improves performance
    Since RIA framework enables client-end processing, it eases server load and takes less bandwidth
  • RIA opens new business avenues
    Applications developed at Web Spiders takes RIA development to new heights by opening new avenues for businesses and a whole set of services that can be delivered through RIA
  • RIA enables more transactions
    Since RIA allows users to perform multiple tasks in a simple and intuitive way from a single integrated interface it result in more transactions to be carried out
  • RIA retains customers
    Web Spiders adds value to existing customers by presenting RIA as the new and improved face of the web
  • RIA wins the race
    Applications developed at Web Spiders with RIA presents a definite competitive advantage for our client over other business applications that serve similar segments but lack the richness, usability and performance that RIA has to offer
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