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The current project I am starting we are debating using a win form client vs a web client. I feel like I have done this argument (discussion) many times. In the past I have always felt that you had more control with a winform. Now with new tools such as ajax,jquery, and css, we are able to make our web applications seem like win forms. Which do you prefer? I realize that requirements drive decisions, but I would love to hear stories or thoughts? Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2009 11:13 PM | Back to top


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I have a particular preference to Winforms, but overall the convenience and power of web as of late makes it a valid competitor as you've said.
Left by Stacy Vicknair on Jan 09, 2009 9:25 AM

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I think the key factor is the deployment strategy and whether or not it is an internal app pushed to client machines using enterprise management software. The biggest argument that has usually won for web clients has been ease of deployment since you only update one server(s) for all the clients. WPF in the browser might be an interesting option since you get the rich client but bits are hosted on a central location (as someone else stated above). (Clickonce?)

I've done all web applications in the past, but I do not believe that web applications are always cheaper or faster to build than winforms when trying to reproduce the rich-client functionality. You just invest more time getting HTML designed, getting AJAX working properly, and getting cross-browser CSS working properly (which would otherwise be spent designing a single rich-WPF canvas).
Left by Mark on Jan 09, 2009 3:05 PM

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Taste great! Less Filling! - Wait, do both!

Web client, WinForm goodness = Silverlight baby!!!!
Left by Bruce on Jan 09, 2009 9:12 PM

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Thanks to all for the reply's these are all great points. Still up in the air on what to use the client thinks winform but they have never seen WPF, silverlight, or a web app done right.
Left by Jim on Jan 10, 2009 3:51 PM

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