Smart Client Application...
Smart client isn't a technology, and it isn't any specific architecture. It is a
concept and a style of applications that combines the best of both windows applications
and web applications. They combine the windows applications capabilities of providing
rich user experience that are not complex to develop, and that can use local resources
which allow it to be responsive, interact with connected devices, and other things
that web applications just can't do.
They also combine the best features of web applications which are there ability
to be centrally deployed and managed.
Smart client is a pretty broad concept, and it means different things to different
people. And it has evolved and been refined, so it's meant slightly different things
at different times. However here are the four characteristics that define a Smart
Smart clients give users the ability to access critical business information regardless
of the availability or quality of a user’s network connection. By caching relevant
data locally, smart clients provide users with continuous access to their business
information, enabling them to make the right decisions at the right time and in
the right place.
Rich User Experience
Smart clients allow people to move beyond viewing static information in a browser.
Smart clients provide an interactive and highly responsive user interface, offering
users immediate access to critical data. By moving processing and data to the local
device or computer, smart clients eliminate the need to contact the server every
time a button is clicked. This way, users don’t waste time waiting for screens to
refresh or networks to become available.
Central Deployed and Managed:
Smart client applications can be centrally deployed and managed, reducing overhead
and strain on IT resources. By relying on a local processor, smart client applications
can reduce the number of servers required to support an application. Also, bandwidth
requirements within the business can be reduced by limiting the transmission between
smart client and server to only required data.
Access local resources:
Smart clients can make use of local computer resources (such as graphics acceleration
cards), attached devices (such as scanners), and local storage. This makes it possible
for software developers to create user experiences that are not possible within
the Web browser. These new applications enable enterprises to differentiate their
software and solutions and to compete more effectively in the marketplace.