Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2008 09:58 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Internet & Networking Apparantly, Silverlight is doing well. It was announced [.wmv] at a MIX '08 keynote that Silverlight is being installed on internet users' machines at a rate of 1.5 million per day. Silverlight is being used in places like Netflix and to webcast over 3000 hours of the 2008 Olympic Games.
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RE: Another peeing contest
by -pekr- on Wed 12th Mar 2008 13:45 UTC in reply to "Another peeing contest"
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Hehe, all we need is "just" - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ..... what other technologies do we need? Don't get me wrong - I know what the web offers - you can rather decently run your apps in cross-platform way. But that does not mean there is anything genuine about it. It is crapload of layers over layers, added to patch one single deficiency - web was not meant for the apps from the beginning.

Non awailability of Flash or Silverlight for particular platforms might be a problem, but that does not mean, those technologies are wrong.

I come from the land of REBOL. REBOL 3, in half a year, will be "third to the game", with complete app platform in less than 1MB. Having it as a plug-in, getting real-time UI apps in browser, will make even AJAX attempts still slower. I always try to look at various modern js libraries on the net, and have to ask myself - how is that one single lib is half the size of REBOL? How is that one single grid widget is ditto, and still under par with REBOL's one? How is that Sun's Lively javascript desktop attempt at browser desktop is just another showcase of how particular technologies can degrade performance of today's PCs?

There is no silver bullet. But let's just not pretend that cross-platform web technologies are there already. They are not yet.

Cheers,
Petr

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