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What is Rich Internet Application

Handbook of Research on Web 2.0, 3.0, and X.0: Technologies, Business, and Social Applications
Applications called RIAs provide a more intuitive, responsive, and effective user experience. This is done by utilizing user interface components and behaviors know from desktop applications.
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An Overview of and Criteria for the Differentiation and Evaluation of RIA Architectures
Marcel Linnenfelser (Synflag Web Engineering, Germany), Sebastian Weber (Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), Germany), and Jörg Rech (Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-384-5.ch008
An important aspect of Web 2.0, mentioned by Tim O’Reilly, is the rich user experience. Web 2.0 applications offer the user a desktop-like interface to bring back efficiency and productivity. The click-wait-andrefresh- cycle of normal Web applications leads to a less responsive, and thus less efficient, user interface. To serve the needs of these so-called rich Internet applications (RIA), many different approaches have emerged, based either on Web standards or on proprietary approaches. This chapter aims at defining a qualified criterion system for comparing RIA platforms. Thereafter, those RIA platforms are selected and analyzed in terms of the criterion system that is most likely to become widely accepted.
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Java Web Application Frameworks
A Web page-based application running in a browser with rich user interface features that are common in a fat/thick client such as drag & drop, tree controls, list sorting, and tabbed panels.
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Architectures for Rich Internet Real-Time Games
A browser-based application that has the features and functionality of a traditional desktop application. Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) introduce an intermediate layer of code between the user and the server that acts as an extension of the browser. They are typically run in a secure “sandbox” environment and can be implemented using technologies such as Flash, Java or Ajax.
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A Model-Driven Engineering Approach for Defining Rich Internet Applications: A Web 2.0 Case Study
A new paradigm of Web Application that transfers the processing of the user interaction to the client in order to produce richer UIs.
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