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RE: The ever encroaching blur between web apps and apps
From: Rishi Pande (rpandevt.edu)
Date: Tue Aug 31 2004 - 15:23:43 CDT
I think it's a very nice application. The problem that people may face in
the beginning is the blurring of lines between when you are connected and
when you are not. The change would be a beautiful mechanism for seamless
integration between desktop and online applications and useful for users who
are always connected to the net.
The "fun" is going to be when users try to troubleshoot problems. Why is my
Word not working? Because your ISP renewed the DHCP lease and your modem is
not detecting it.
From a security standpoint, its all going to be in the network. An attack on
a local users machine is going to get the attacker no personal data but it
can act as a good launch pad for an attack. This means that the central
servers will keep personal data (hashed and encrypted, of course). Good
thing, if your server is impenetrable. Bad, if someone breaks in because now
you don't only have access to one person's record but to a large chunk of
In some senses this clarifies the focus of security professionals: the gold
is in the server.
Just my $0.02
From: Saqib.N.Aliseagate.com [mailto:Saqib.N.Aliseagate.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 2:13 AM
Subject: Re: The ever encroaching blur between web apps and apps
However I do not consider any app, that requires more than the basic
browser, a "Web App" . Even if a application is running as a Active X
control or Java Applet, I don't think of it as a web app. It is a just a
application that uses http protocol. I think a better term is "Online
Application, rather then calling them "Web App"
I have been writing web based Java applications since W3C released the
first version of Jigsaw Java webserver. And I have tried to make them
independent of any client side plug-ins.
Having said that, I do realize that some applications will require plug-in
to run in web browsers. Here is a interesting Slashdot discussion on
Online Application that run in browsers, but require plug-ins:
Some interesting applications are listed in this discussion.
https://validate.sf.net <<< Online DocBook XML -> HTML/PDF convertor
"Mark Curphey" <markcurphey.com> wrote on 08/30/2004 06:53:43 AM:
> Anyone else any other good observations on the topic ?