Promise of cheaper rich internet apps
Magic Software Enterprises Ltd has said its latest uniPaaS application platform could significantly cut the cost of developing rich internet applications (RIA) as it automatically handles all client and server partitioning.
It means enterprise developers and ISVs can evolve their application portfolios from a client-server architecture to a multi-tenant web-based RIA architecture, without losing a single line of business logic, the company has claimed.
“With uniPaaS, you choose your deployment mode and it can be changed as the situation demands from global/local, to full client/web, and software/SaaS,” said Dave Akka, MD of Magic Software UK, Ireland and Nordic.
Akka also maintains the uniPaaS system has an advantage over other platform-as-a-service offerings, because its system caters to both on-premise and off-premise development modes. “We think that this is a big differentiator in the market over something that Salesforce.com can offer, for instance, where developments are effectively captured in someone else’s architecture” he told us.
RIAs are becoming popular because there is no need to install client-side software, because they are ubiquitous and will run on a hand-held mobile device, and because they provide familiar desktop-style drag-and-drop functions.
RIA’s, like web browsers, offer the advantages of a loosely coupled architecture, but they also share the hurdles and are much more affected by such, Akka explained, noting how the latest version of uniPaaS had been re-architected to cope with these challenges.
The company has developed a new client-side engine to handle all aspects of the client logic and rendering, and has renewed its server-side platform. This offers better database connectivity, handles the server logic and couples the client user interface to the underlying server data and logic protocol.
The application logic is independent of deployment modes and the system automatically handles logic partitioning between deployment tiers.
“Developers no longer need consider session and context management, or what part of an application is to run on the server, and what on the server,” Akka said. “The system optimises everything and does it automatically depending on the resources available.”
uniPaaS is said to be best suited for mobile, field service, supply chain and vertical business applications.
As well as uniPaaS, Nasdaq-listed Magic Software has iBOLT, a business and process integration suite.
Akka said that version 4 of that product would better address the demands of managing business processes that are drawing on private and public cloud resources.