||Are Rich Clients Taking Off or Tanking?|
|Subject:||Ubiquitous Rich Clients|
I don't know if this will add anything to your discussion but thought I would chime in anyway from one educator's perspective.
Then along came DHTML. Does anyone remember the <Layer> tag? DHTML promised at least to give us some new tools even if it didn't have the features Java gave us. But, then Microsoft and Netscape were at war so I had to give up on DHTML. I just didn't have the time to waste as each new browser came out with its own bugs and APIs. I haven't come back to it either. For the effort involved and the limited rewards it is mostly not worth it.
Then I took the first edition of Colin Moock's book to the cottage and started playing with ActionScript. Once I understood movie clips I was hooked(my second addiction). Flash offered two key ingredients for someone like me. First, the player is nearly ubiquitous and second, it was easy to develop truly useful educational applications. This week some colleagues just returned from some sessions on creating learning objects. Everyone was working in Flash – Java was not discussed and DHTML is not on anyone's radar. Educators and the people who develop online applications for learning and teaching desperately need something like Flash. For it too succeed it has to provide a rich interactive experience, be relatively easy to create multimedia simulations with, and be nearly ubiquitous. Right now it is the only thing that really qualifies.