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April - 2010 - issue > Technology

Rich Internet Applications: How it enriches user experience

Manish Baxi
Friday, April 2, 2010
 Manish Baxi
The term Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) was coined in 2002 by vendors like Macromedia in an attempt to highlight the limitations of web applications existing at that time and how proprietary technologies created by those vendors was able to address these limitations.

Today, Rich Internet Applications are thought of as applications that have the visual characteristics of desktop applications but are delivered to users over the Internet using standard Internet clients such as web browsers.

RIAs offer significant advantage over traditional web applications in a number of areas, some of which I have mentioned below.

Better responsiveness

In traditional web applications user actions translate into page refreshes. Sometimes, when users perform an action that should affect only part of what is displayed on a screen, a full page refresh causes delays in response and a poor user experience.

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