A Brave New World

; Date: Thu Nov 08 2007

Tags: Rich Internet Applications

I really am beginning to think the idea I posted a few days ago is very real. In Freeing the Internet from the Web 'jail' I talked about how The Internet can be so much more than The Web ever was. I mean The Web to be confined by The Browser with the capabilities offered by The Browser. The Internet has a whole range of other protocols besides HTTP, and The Internet can transfer tons of other data types.

Let's look at a couple examples:-

(web.archive.org) Adobe: Online Photoshop coming this year ... it appears from the article to be functionality inspired by Photoshop, but implemented as an AIR application.

(web.archive.org) WebTools: eBay Desktop (desktop.ebay.com) Is a slicker UI into the eBay universe than you get in the traditional HTML version. I haven't tried it, but the demo in this video looked like better UI responsiveness and featureitis than could be (easily) implemented even with the fanciest of DHTML techniques.

(web.archive.org) Weiqi Gao: JavaScript To Fragment, The End Of The Reign Of The Browsers he's noting that Microsoft and Mozilla are disagreeing over the future of Javascript. Which means it's likely the disconnect of Javascript features in the major web browsers will continue. And which Weiqi Gao suggests makes it more likely other languages and platforms will come to dominate and supplant the preeminence of the browser.

Well, most of the growth in 'Rich Internet Applications' are based on the FLEX/AIR platform. However as Weiqi Gao points out, there are other platforms which can easily take a role here. He suggests JavaFX and of course we are still working on developing that platform.

JavaFX is a new language (JavaFX Script) with some runtime components including greatly improved graphics and animation layers. It is supposed to run on "the three screens" (desktop, mobile and TV settop) etc. It looks really slick.

Source: (web.archive.org) weblogs.java.net

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David Herron : David Herron is a writer and software engineer focusing on the wise use of technology. He is especially interested in clean energy technologies like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. David worked for nearly 30 years in Silicon Valley on software ranging from electronic mail systems, to video streaming, to the Java programming language, and has published several books on Node.js programming and electric vehicles.