Sun's take on the smart client

While Sun is very complimentary about Microsoft's strengths on the smart client, Sun's answer seems to be....put HTML on the client. One of their reasons is that “The skill-set requirements and the complexity of HTML are much lower than for .NET”. Are you kidding me? Last time I built a Windows Forms application I didn't have to test it on 5 different browsers. Don't even get me started on CSS and javascript. The metrics that I see suggest that it is no less than twice the development/testing effort for a Web Form over a Win Form application. That's conservative and sometimes goes up to 3-4 times.

Sun also fails to address the need for the occassionally connected/offline access application.