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Mar 18
2009

Fat clients?

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Just to be clear, I am not referring to any of Learning Curve's clients in the title, who I would never call fat (nor overweight, podgy, obese, round or even "well-built").

Last week we interviewed several candidates to take on as a new software developer - none of them was fat either! We were particularly looking for someone with significant experience in Javascript and the new "Web 2.0" libraries such as Mootools. I hope you will see the dividends of the selected candidate on our websites in the months and years to come.

Anyway, much of the discussion with the candidates was over developing Rich Internet Applications (or RIAs), and it got me back to thinking about my time as a developer at Standard Life many years ago. In the dim and distant past, I remember shouting as loud as I could that we should develop "fat clients". This was in response to IBM consultants preaching that the only good client was a thin one - that every ounce of business logic should be on some middle tier of a multi-tiered architecture. Of course, no-one would listen to me for several reasons:

1. I used the term "fat" rather than "rich".

2. I wasn't employed by IBM.

3. Cassandra is my middle name! Well, not really but it feels like it.

But anyway, it is nice that you can have a rational discussion with people again about what processing should be done on a server and what should be done on the client.

Just to make sure that there is no misunderstandaing - I like BIG FAT clients where all sorts of interesting functionality happens immediately and independently.

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