How does RIA stack up against its competitors?

I recently started thinking about quality factors that one might use to measure a user interface in order to compare what’s possible technology platforms.

UI Quality-o-meter

UI Quality Factors:

  • Richness
  • Efficiency
  • Cost
  • Usability
  • Flexibility
  • Scalability

Applications with Generated UIs

Example: MOSS, Cognos, Pega etc.

generated

Pros:

  • Cost

Cons:

  • Richness, Flexibility, Scalability, Usability, Efficiency

Traditional Web Applications

Example: ASP.NET, PHP, etc.

web

Pros:

  • Scalability

Cons:

  • Richness

 

Traditional Desktop Applications

desktop

Pros:

  • Richness, Efficiency, Usability

Cons:

  • Scalability, Cost

Rich Internet Applications (RIA)

ria

Pros:

  • Flexibility, Scalability, Usability, Richness, Efficiency

Cons:

  • Cost

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