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Poll: Has the Web browser become your most-used interface platform?

Web proponents have long touted the Web browser as THE future development platform, or at least THE future user interface. On any given day, Bill Detwiler accesses at least half the systems he uses via a Web browser. What about you?

Web proponents have long touted the Web browser as THE future development platform, or at least THE future user interface. Indeed, more and more systems are being access through a browser--both online and offline tools. On any given day, I access over half the systems I regularly use via a Web browser. What about you?

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6 comments
ltreachler
ltreachler

Possibly, with all the web based admins and whatnot, and all the research that I do.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

of appeal to many people as it makes things easier for them. But that is a totally different thing to going totally cloud based. I know a lot of Linux installs use Konqueror to view the disc folders as well as an Internet browser - personally, I don't like it (edit - Konqueror that is), but can see how it makes many things easier. However, the interface is still being used heavily to access things locally stored on the computer. It makes for easier code to reduce the interfaces down to one, but then you have to go to the trouble of making that interface very changeable to suit people and take up less space on the screen. I do a lot of work on text on Open Office and I have personalised toolbars to have just one that shows everything I regularly use from several toolbars. I've even combined my Firefox Toolbar and menu bar to one line, to maximise the window space I can use. The idea of having the browser toolbar and menu bar then the OO toolbar and menu bar taking up space just does NOT appeal to me, the same with any other application. If the browser is going to be used to open and view the application, then it should open in a new combined window - which may be defeating the original purpose.

TtfnJohn
TtfnJohn

Using a combination of local and web it would have to be Konqueror without a shadow of a doubt as it handles both seamlessly. That said for the time I'm stuck on a Windows based machine it's Firefox. There's a host of development related addons that make my life easier though there could, of course, be more! ;-) ttfn John

droobear_s
droobear_s

my first computer came with suse9.1 and EVERYTHING is accessed via the konqueror web browser (even software on your own system) AND you know what? browser based interfaces ABSOLUTELY ROCK!!!!! but if software was written to be viewed through a browser then the same app would work on microsoft AND linux

CG IT
CG IT

If I'm not working with a specific application or doing papwerwork, I'm using the browser. Cheap computers running WinCE, WinXP embedded, Chrome or Linux with just a browser and all applications from the "Cloud". Heck even the O/S could be "in the Cloud" and the hardware are just discless thin clients.

knucklhead
knucklhead

I think that the browser is where we are headed (for better or worse) and recent reports out of google would make me think they are betting on it as well.

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