Scalable User Experience
John Montgomery on Scalable User Experience. Although I disagree with the rocket scientist required myth, I agree with John's conclusions. I especially like this quote:
Rather than trying to replace every application model in use today with one perfect model, a better solution is to let them flourish and to connect them together so that each can do what it does best. This vision, which I'd call the "Scalable User Experience," is where Atlas begins to take application models. This team is building off three tenets (even if they don't know it):
- Respect the richness of the client (whatever that is) to provide the best possible user experience
- Contain complexity on the server to build on existing administration skills and infrastructure
- Leave no developer behind by using existing developer skills, code, and tools
I believe that AJAX is a methodology which can help achieve scalable user experiences. I am hoping toolkits like ATLAS can help with some of the weaker aspects of web applications, mainly integration with the desktop client.