Today, RIA technology is widely used, also referred to as Rich Internet
Clients (RICs). RICs provide the usability, responsiveness, and reuse of
client/server applications with the deployment, manageability, and
availability of a traditional Web application. Many websites are using DHTML
and AJAX technology in HTML pages. Another very popular technology is Flash.
How about Silverlight, though?
The developers behind Dot Net Outsource, the leading Chinese provider of
global outsourcing services, specialize in in both "Web-based" and
Client-Server technologies on the Microsoft .NET platform. Here they look at
Silverlight and compare it, for their particular needs, with DHTML/AJAX and
RIAs offer the flexibility and ease of use of an intelligent desktop
application, and add the broad reach of traditional web applications with an
entirely new kind of web experience... (more)