October 26th, 2006
In our work, we’ve seen an increasing demand for complex web applications that provide users with a seamless and interactive experience. As a result, development teams are growing increasingly dissatisfied with the limitations of HTML and are turning to new development tools, including Flash and Ajax.
Flash has stood out over the years as a way to create applications with sophisticated capabilities beyond what is possible with today’s HTML. We first saw Flash’s potential in the web application space when we studied iHotelier, a Flash-based hotel reservation system.
It has been over 5 years since iHotelier’s Flash-based OneScreen application launched on the Broadmoor’s web site. Since then, it has been adopted by more than 3000 hotels around the world and has processed nearly one million reservations totaling about $350 million. As one of the first Rich Internet Applications doing e-commerce, OneScreen helped demonstrate a new generation of web applications that behave more like desktop applications and abandon the old request-reply model of the first generation of web applications.
In this week’s UIEtips, we reprinted an excellent article written by UIE’s Christine Perfetti. In this article, Christine discusses Flash’s potential for creating sleek, sophisticated, and interactive web applications, using iHotelier as a real-world example. I find the issues presented in the article still prevalent today, and believe you will too.
Are you continually frustrated by developing HTML-based applications? Have you found significant advantages to using Flash? Bring your struggles and triumphs to light by sharing your experiences with us. Join the conversation below.
[If you would like to learn more about the power of Flash, you'll really want to come hear Jim Whitney of Whiteboard Labs, at the UIE Web Application Summit this January. Jim is the designer of the original OneScreen user interface for the Broadmoor. At the Summit, he will discuss what he and his team learned from the experiences of OneScreen and other Rich Internet Applications over the past five years. (You can find out more about Jim, along with the other top speakers we've invited on the UIE Web Application Summit site.]Tweet