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Visual WebGui Available

Visual WebGui introduces a different approach to AJAX front-ends. While the trend is toward empowering the client (browser) with more capabilities, enabling direct consumption of services by client-side objects and distributing processing between the client and the server, WebGui adopts the server-based computing approach whereby service consumption and processing is handled on the server and human interaction is handled on the client. This model provides intrinsic benefits for enterprise applications because it provides additional measures of security and control that are not available on browser-based solutions. This approach provides benefits by enabling application logic (usually entailing both business and presentation logic) to be handled within one stateful, object-oriented environment developed in a high-level OOP language like C#, VB.NET, or Java (rather than a mix between JavaScript and a server-based language).

 Using a homogenous platform provides developers with immeasurable productivity benefits and enables developers to make better use of existing assets, knowledge, and experience rather than requiring the steep learning curve of AJAX. Visual WebGui provides server-side controls that behave like existing desktop (WinForms) application controls, both in design time and in run time. These controls manifest themselves as AJAX controls on the browser in run time and look like their desktop counterparts. The architecture of the system is in no way limited to representing these base controls in their current desktop look and feel because it makes use of templates that render the different controls. Visual WebGui s initial offering contains the popular Microsoft controls that are a basic part of any Windows-based application. These controls provide a huge productivity benefit to Web developers who lag behind their desktop brethren, while supporting the most common needs of desktop application developers.

 In addition, the system is extensible. Visual WebGui s SDK enables extending the framework by adding additional controls, changing themes/flavors (skins), creating composite controls based on base controls, and creating gateway components. Visual WebGui is an extension to ASP.NET, so it can interoperate with client-side and server-side legacy code. This means that Visual WebGui UIs can host and interoperate with existing HTML/JavaScript client-only controls, or with embedded DOM objects like Applets and ActiveX controls. Similarly, existing Web applications can interoperate with WebGui components/forms/windows because they are, in essence, URLs like any other, sharing the same application and session context.



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