We are considering a future development of a native Windows desktop client application. Let’s discuss the pro’s and con’s so we see how we should continue.
- Thick application (client/server) – smaller database server needed, work is offloaded to the client computer
- Definitely faster
- Possible to create an offline applications scenario (developing a specific offline application which would be used on the desktop, synchronizing with the main app using work queues or other means).
- Thick application (client/server) – more maintenance – has to be installed on every desktop
- Less features – currently it is no. 2 in our development efforts and not every feature that is present in the web client makes it to the native app. In the future even the Mobile app could make it and then the priorities can be even worse.
This is how the native Windows client looks now:
Let’s hear what you have to say?