Best GUI for small-scale accounting app?

Steve Holden steve at
Thu Dec 23 15:51:24 CET 2004

huy wrote:

> Dave Cook wrote:
>> On 2004-12-20, Paul Rubin <http> wrote:
>>> I think I can put together a useable (but not visually stunning) web
>>> interface faster than I can put together any pure client-side
>>> interface.  
>> Web browser "widgets" seem pretty limited to me, though.  You don't even
>> have something as simple as a combo box (i.e. an editable entry with a 
>> drop
>> down), let alone the rich set of widgets something like wxwidgets offers.
>> Also web development doesn't seem as coherent to me as development with a
>> good GUI framework.
> I think it depends on your target audience. Many people love simplicity. 
>  Many people hate multiple tabs, tree structures, deep nested menus etc 
> etc. If you wanted to make a web program as complex as a rich client 
> program then it's probably a bad idea to do as a web program. But If you 
> wanted to keep it simple, then I'd go with a web program any day.

Indeed the best advice to many programmers is to spend A LOT of time 
considering the user interface, since that's what will often have the 
major impact on user experience, and hence ultimately on acceptance.

I still moan about having to use EIGHT mouse clicks in Mozilla 1.7 to 
change my default SMTP host to the other one on a list of two. Which 
remionds me, time to check out the latest release ...

Steve Holden     
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