Walden,

On Mon, 12 Aug 2002 14:26:57 -0400
 "Walden H. Leverich" <WaldenL@TechSoftInc.com> wrote:
> >From: Brad Stone [mailto:brad@bvstools.com]
> >IMHO, though, if this if for your in house CSRs, I'd
> steer clear of the
> web.
>
> Why? Expecially in-house he'd be free to control the
> browser used and could
> use browser-specific HTML. Even w/o browser-specific HTML
> you can get a
> rather powerful app, what are you afraid he'd miss?
>
> I think the ease of deployment would more that make up
> for the additional HP
> needed on the server side.
>
> -Walden

Because I know the people and business that he's building
this for very well.

Web apps are great, don't get me wrong.  But when you want
something that's going to be very complex, web isn't always
the best solution.

Yes, the web works great for simple order history, customer
service, and ordering.  But that's because these people are
outside of the business and don't need to know everything to
the last detail.  Just the basics.  Perfect fit for the web.
And the biggest reason, it needs to be an app that everone
can get to.  Web again is perfect for that because we can't
control what the customer is using to access the data.  We
can just make sure it's a web browser.

But in-house, when we'll be viewing items down to the lowest
level of customization, linking with AR, order history,
etc..  things get a little complex.  And just when you think
you have it, it gets more complex.  Not a great fit for web.
But possible.  There are better alternatives especially when
you can control the UI being used.

It could be done.  Im just saying web isn't the best fit for
everything.  And it's not just HP that's the problem.  It is
the UI.  If web was perfect for everything then we wouldn't
need VB, Java, VRPG, or other good GUI tools.  Fact is, we
do.

Brad


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