Web Browser Applications

Web-based database applications are generally easy to deploy and update and require no installation on the client computer. This approach comes with two primary trade-offs: usability and cost. Web browser applications are limited to the tools and functionality that is supported by a standard web browser. Significant engineering is required to overcome browser behavior deficiencies, at a cost. Typically, browser-based applications host their data in a database server that provides the necessary scalability, performance and database-level security.

Well-designed browser-based database applications run under any browser and consequently can be deployed to disparate operating systems, from PCs to handheld computers and even to web-enabled cell phones. The asynchronous click-and-refresh communication between the Client application and the Server do however limit the browser-based approach to application that are suitable to simple forms and workflows.