Chapter 1. Rich Internet Applications

A rich Internet application (RIA) engages users, allows them to accomplish tasks, and can be downright enjoyable. It allows colleagues to collaborate simply and seamlessly, and customers to interact with products in compelling and exciting ways. RIAs go beyond the static views of the traditional Web and put dynamic, tailored content right into the user’s hands. They often transcend the perceived limitations of the Web browser and deliver experiences users have come to expect from their desktop applications. The bottom line: Rich Internet applications don’t just look great; they improve user satisfaction and productivity.

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