Linked by mufasa on Mon 10th Aug 2009 12:25 UTC
Web 2.0 The web browser has been the dominant thin client, now rich client, for almost two decades, but can it compete with a new thin client that makes better technical choices and avoids the glacial standards process? I don't think so, as the current web technology stack of HTML/Javascript/Flash has accumulated so many bad decisions over the years that it's ripe for a clean sheet redesign to wipe it out.
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Sorry, don't agree
by google_ninja on Mon 10th Aug 2009 13:18 UTC
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I'm a bit tired of people trash talking the web as a platform. It did suck to develop for 3 wildly different browsers 10-15 years ago, especially since we didn't have things like firebug.

Nowadays that pain is virtually non-existent, especially compared to what it used to be. Javascript is an absolutely wonderful language, and CSS + semantic html is (in my mind) a much more elegant UI development experience then anything else I have run across. Given the choice between client side or web development, I will choose web every time, not for any other reason then I enjoy working with the technology.

Now, there while there are A LOT of people who think like me, you may know a large group of them, they are called google. The most important company on the net is 100% behind web technologies, is not trying to reinvent the wheel or displace them with new protocols, and is choosing web technologies over client apps in its upcoming client os. The leader in people who don't agree with me (adobe with flash), is ALSO now choosing to push web technologies on to the desktop with AIR, which uses html/javascript/css. The palm pre, which is the only one to come close to being an iPhone killer, also is choosing html over other choices for its SDK.

I don't think the web is ripe for disruption, in fact I think the opposite is true. Way back when java applets were used, they were only used because people had no other option. As soon as they had an option, there was a mass exodus to flash. With web technologies not only is that not happening, but given a choice, people would rather use them for things other then websites over the alternatives.

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