In these days of Web 2.0, the line between outdated (and therefore obsolete) and retro (and therefore cool again) can get pretty blurred. Desktop Applications: outdated (unless they’re HTML-based or made by Google). Client/Server: retro (no green-screens please!). Tiered Design: retro (but only if at least two tiers are AJAX/JavaScript-based).

See what I mean? It’s hard to keep up. Greg Ward’s predecessors must have gotten pretty confused along the way as well. Following is a single line from their Web 2.0-based medical application.

    public class Patient extends JavascriptStringBuilder

And yes, “Patient” means exactly what you think it does. As does “Javascript.”

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