Desktop Applications

By Jeff Cogswell  |  Posted 2008-09-10 Print this article Print

Desktop Applications

Google Chrome supports a form of "desktop application." There's nothing particularly magical about this; it's really just perception. When you're on a site that's a Web application, you can save a shortcut to your desktop to launch the page. When you click the shortcut, Chrome opens up in a slightly different-looking window that doesn't have the address bar and all that other recognizable browser stuff. Instead, it's just a window with the Web site. In that regard, it looks more like an application.

Looking at the shortcut, I can see that it just launches Google, passing an address as an "app" parameter, like so:



Jeff Cogswell is the author of Designing Highly Useable Software ( among other books and is the owner/operator of CogsMedia Training and Consulting.Currently Jeff is a senior editor with Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to joining Ziff, he spent about 15 years as a software engineer, working on Windows and Unix systems, mastering C++, PHP, and ASP.NET development. He has written over a dozen books.

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