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CHAPTER 1: Introduction > What Is a Rich Client Platform?

What Is a Rich Client Platform?

A rich client platform is an application lifecycle environment, a basis for desktop applications. Most desktop applications have similar features, such as menus, toolbars, status bars, progress visualizations, data displays, customization settings, the saving and loading of user-specific data and configurations, splash screens, about boxes, internationalization, help systems, and so on. For these and other typical client application features, a rich client platform provides a framework with which the features can quickly and simply be put together.

The configurability and extensibility of an application take center stage in a framework of this kind. As a result, you can, for example, declaratively provide the menu entries of an application in a text file, then the menu will be loaded automatically by the framework. This means that the source code becomes considerably more focused and manageable, and developers are able to concentrate on the actual business needs of the application, while the menu is maximally configurable.


  

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