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XML Virtual Machines

In all the recent discussion around AJAX issues, it would be a shame to miss this gem from Robert Sayre, commenting on Anil Dash's 2006 trends : "AJAX might be trendy, but it's a PITA. Deploy your corporate or vertical apps on XUL."

You can target XUL for deployment to the Mozilla platform, today. XULRunner now means you can develop and test away in double quick time . Yes, Mozilla is a platform (a XUL visual forms builder could be a game changer on the client, as well saving some folks I know a lot of typing ;). And if you need a thicker-than-that client, then consider the OpenOffice platform.

From the comments, an alternative: "Use OpenLaszlo instead. http://www.openlaszlo.org/"

September 10, 2005 07:13 PM


(September 10, 2005 07:29 PM #)

Use OpenLaszlo instead. http://www.openlaszlo.org/

No need for xul compliant browsers. It can be used by IE users.

Benjamin Smedberg
(October 9, 2005 07:29 PM #)

Or, you could write your apps in AJAX HTML and simply deploy them using XULRunner. There is no need for XULRunner apps to be written in XUL, then can be written in any language that Mozilla/Firefox support (including HTML/XHTML/SVG/XUL, or a custom XML language created entirely with XBL/CSS).

(October 10, 2005 12:20 PM #)

Bill, I don't know if you're aware that your feed appears as markup in Safari? And I get your 10 most recent items periodically reappear as new, too.