RIA Platform Comparison

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This is from an internal evaluation of AJAX platforms in 2006, for the purpose of selecting a platform for a small startup to use to develop a consumer-facing graphical application.

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RIA Platform Comparison

  1. 1. RIA Platform Comparison Oliver Steele April 6, 2007
  2. 2. Client Platforms HTML Flash 8 Flash 9 WPF/E
  3. 3. Client Platform Libraries Rico, Mochi, Dojo, Backbase, etc. JQuery Plugins Widget & Effect Script- Inter- Libraries Ext aculous face Open- Flex WPF Laszlo DOM Prototype YUI JQuery Libraries WPF/ DHTML Flash VM E
  4. 4. Under Consideration JQuery Laszlo Laszlo Flex WPF HTML Flash 8 Flash 9 WPF/E
  5. 5. HTML vs. Flash HTML Flash (Flex and Laszlo) • Quick startup • Vector graphics • Easy to debug • Smoother animation • Easy to integrate • High-quality text Flash (non-Laszlo) • Market acceptance • Image effects • Code libraries • Code libraries
  6. 6. Assumptions • Consumer-facing website • Goal is to get first version up quickly • We can switch technologies later • Small team
  7. 7. Client Platform Features Development Deployment Experience • Development tools • Market acceptance • Startup time • Community resources • Page size • Interaction speed • Platform momentum • Page integration • Graphic effects • Text quality
  8. 8. Development Features Tools Resources Momentum • Compiler • Libraries • Maturity • Debugger • Forums • Staffing • Server integration • Source • Community
  9. 9. Development Tools JQuery Laszlo Flex Compiler Debugger Server Integration
  10. 10. Development Resources JQuery Laszlo Flex Libraries Forums Source
  11. 11. Platform Momentum JQuery Laszlo Flex Maturity Staffing Community
  12. 12. Platform Features JQuery Laszlo Flex Tools Resources Momentum
  13. 13. Platform Features Tools Resources Momentum
  14. 14. Deployment Features • Market Acceptance • Page Size • Page Integration
  15. 15. Deployment Features HTML Flash 7 Flash 8 Market Acceptance Page Size Page Integration
  16. 16. Deployment Features Market Acceptance Page Size Page Integration
  17. 17. Experience • Startup time • Interaction speed • Graphic effects • Text quality
  18. 18. Graphic Effects HTML Flash 8 Flash 9 Animation ✔ ✔ ✔ Opacity ✔ ✔ ✔ Scaling ✔ ✔ ✔ Vector Graphics ✘ ✔ ✔ Rotation ✘ ✔ ✔ Shadow ✘ ✘ ✔ Emboss ✘ ✘ ✔ Perspective ✘ ✘ ✘
  19. 19. Experience Features HTML Flash 8 Flash 9 Startup time Animation Speed Text Quality Graphic Effects
  20. 20. Experience Features Startup time Animation Speed Text Quality Graphic Effects
  21. 21. Platform Benefits HTML Laszlo/Flash 8 Flex/Flash 9 Development Deployment Experience
  22. 22. Platform Benefits Development Deployment Experience
  23. 23. Some Tradeoffs • Graphics (Flash) vs. Text (HTML) • Startup time (HTML) vs. post-startup experience (Flash) • Development speed (HTML) vs. post-startup experience (Flash)

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