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How thick is a rich thin client ?

Long time ago, client machines were so thin that they didn’t even have a hard drive or a floppy disk. The screen was black and green and all the work (even the display) was made on the server. Hardware became cheap, memory, hard drive… let’s put less pressure on the server and develop thick clients. VB, Power Builder and so on arrived. Internet arrived a bit later with a stateless protocol carrying HTML to be displayed on browsers. That was thin and colorful (forget the black and green)… but java said, “hey, let’s write some thick applets”. Now companies and software editors are re-developing their thick applications so they can become thin again. I am working at the moment for a big telecommunication company who purchased a very expensive CRM tool (Customer Relationship Management). This tool is massive : 4 CD of source code developed in Java/J2EE but also with a bit of C++. This tool (sorry, I don’t want to say the name) was written in VB and the company decided now to move to Java using a thin architecture. But of course, thin is thin, not thick so it doesn’t do the same think that a good old VB application. Well, let’s make our thin client rich then !!! These guys are using 15Mo of javascript into their pages. Of course, to make it easier to read, not all the scripts are nicely isolated in .js files but […]

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