Here is another interesting new feature in the Appeon 2016 product released on September 9, 2016 – called the Installable Web Application or IWA for short! The IWA feature is automatically available when you upgrade your Appeon Server to the 2016 release. Once your PowerBuilder application has been deployed to the Appeon Server as a Web Application, you can now also deploy this directly to an MS-WIndows desktop user. The deployed IWA application runs like a locally installed WIn32 application. The benefits of an IWA are:
- The deployment of your Appeon Web app should be more straightforward and reliable.
- No longer require configuration of the Web browser plug-in.
- IWAs are easier to launch since they are resident on the user’s machine and have shortcuts.
- In terms of performance, response times are similar to the web browser model but IWAs will consume less client-side memory.
Before you deploy the IWA application, you can complete the new IWA properties found in the Appeon Developer tool that is integrated with the PowerBuilder IDE, as follows:
Once the IWA properties are completed, you can simply install the IWA from you web browser, as follows: http://<Appeon Server>/<Application Name>/IAWRunner.html. The IAW Runner application will install like a any Set-up.exe into the client machine and become a launcher for your PB based IWA application. For example …
When you update the PowerBuilder application on the Appeon Server, all the IWA desktop deployments are automatically updated as well the next time they start!
And basically, that’s IWA in a nutshell! 😉
Regards … Chris