I know we need desktop application, but Web ones are the coolest ever, no?
Why, if the web is so nice and so cool, we still use desktop application?
In the beginning we was taking as example Photoshop, but there are lots of other desktop applications that we use, even me, much more smaller. Just think at the phenomena of the moment, think at Twitter. It made a revolution about the way we do blogging. Probably you are thinking at why I’m speaking about Twitter when speaking about desktop application. Yes, it is a web application, and if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be so popular, but let’s listen to this. Twitter gives to developers a great RESTful API that allows third parts application to access to some information. Now you got it I guess. The point is that everyday in my feed I can see new desktop applications that you can use from your computer to modify your status, to follow your friends, and so on (some of them are Twitterrific and Twitterbox but there are lots more). They are just popular.
Yes, I said a desktop application. Sometimes they are just better, as in this case. I say this because sometimes we don’t wanna open a web page, put the address, make a login (maybe) and look at the results. It’s a long way to follow sometimes, so having your desktop application, you can just click to your menu icon and you open it. All the functionality ready for you, now! Probably this is the best quality of desktop application: they are fast!
But my mind still work saying that I’ll never be back to build desktop applications also if sometimes gives you advantages. It’s not something personal, but desktop applications right now sound old style and not cool at all. They don’t take my attention, my interest! I remember when I was in the High School and I was programming in Delphi (I still can’t understand how they could teach me it), making my first splash screen, my fist connection to a database, and so on. It was nice experience, but it was… well, 7 years ago, 7!