Hybrids between client/server and Web applications, rich Internet applications combine the power of remote hosts with the performance and resources of locally running code. While there are many approaches to RIAs, the strongest success has come to those industry leaders that have taken a broad, platform-agnostic approach to the problem. This year, the SD Times 100 recognizes three players whose RIA platforms have become the de facto standard. While other RIA platforms fill important needs, they lack the broad appeal of solutions from these companies.


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