Yesterday, Tech Crunch ran a PR fluff piece on Adobe’s new framework Apollo. I felt somewhat compelled to comment on it, because of my well documented views on Flex. The gist of the article is that Apollo, Adobe’s pre-alpha but soon to be released web container, will change the space of Rich Internet Applications and make every early adopter extremely rich.
None of this is to say that the idea behind RIA’s is flawed or that there isn’t a need for an internet application to interact with the desktop in a more thick client fashion. If this is something you really need, well there’s already a cross-platform, open-source, free and almost production ready way to do it: XUL (named after the Sumerian deity ghost from Ghostbusters). For a good example of what XUL can do, you need to look no further than Firefox and Thunderbird. The choice seems pretty easy to me, millions of users and results over a bunch of made up hype.
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