Web Services are Evolving
Web services are evolving, becoming more powerful and as a result more complicated than ever before This evolution is being hailed as a new age for the Internet, commonly referred to a Web 2.0. For developers this evolution has resulted in a fresh challenge; web sites are now more than ever seen by the user as applications. Much like their Operating system based counterparts, these applications are expected to be feature rich, ergonomic, and highly intuitive.
Developers aided by increasingly powerful programming tools, and advanced AJAX techniques are now more then ever equipped with the necessary weapons to develop web applications that feel like desktop applications.
Another big contributor is Adobe with its new Apollo runtime. This will allow developers to use their existing development skills (Flash, HTML, DHTML) to build and deploy Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) that run on the desktop, whilst communicating with Web based services.
Webree has been working with the Web / Desktop integration philosophy for some time. Currently we have an AppBar (Desktop Application Toolbar) that allows users to work seamlessly with our online application suites without opening a traditional browser, and we are prototyping both Apollo and .Net based solutions to further bridge the gap between our Web based technologies and the users desktop.