RE: Why I Like Longhorn and XAML
Hi Simon, Simon said: >HTML, SVG, CSS, XUL (if you're in Mozilla), etc. > >Stop work on the browser, encourage people to work in a markup >language that's tightly bound to MSFT object structures. >That's a pretty clear, simple, and hopefully uneffective game plan. Didier replies: I think Simon, that the whole industry needs a wake up call. We are actually in the dot com aftermath and our industry turned into a sleeping beauty. Some challenge should be taken with enthusiasm. If the competition cannot respond to what Microsoft is offering, what can we do? Obviously, we need to move away from the "mainframe model" as offered today. Web applications [expletive deleted]. It is time to go beyond the 3270 terminal world and bring back some fun doing cool and _usable_ applications. I doubt that the actual "constantly refresh your page" paradigm reached usability summits. I guess that Sun won't sleep for too long and will offer a similar declarative programming environment to be added to their actual framework. Web applications as we know them are under-utilizing the browser environment. For instance, does people use well the prototype based programming environment of the browser? No. Does people use communication channels between a server and a client to transfer data (ala xmlhttp in both Mozilla and IE) No. They don't do it because the industry is jammed in the same technology paradigm as the early days of the web. A shock treatment is needed to wake up the patient :-) If Microsoft XAML is such shock treatment, let's welcome it and let's hope that a sane competition will help us, practitioner, get what we want. The sleeping beauty slept for too long... Cheers Didier PH Martin http://didier-martin.com
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