Monday, June 09, 2008

Making Web apps behave like Windows apps

I don't know about you, but running web applications in the browser tabs is something that I find less than convenient, even irritating at times. Browser tabbed user interface is great for reading news, articles, and performing an occasional shopping transaction. But when it comes time to using it as a shell for an application, all those extra toolbars and buttons start to get in the way real quick. So lately I've been toying with repackaging the web apps as Windows apps.

Benefits include being able to run each application as a separate process (if one crashes, you don't have to restart the rest), being able to minimize and restore the windows from Windows tray panel (instead of having one browser window for everything), and ability to position the windows independently from each other.

Here are a few of these shells, feel free to try them out and let me know what you think. I for one can't imagine going back to not using them anymore..

The files have .ex~ extension in order to get around browser security checks - you will need to rename them back to .exe (no viruses, I guarantee :)