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Web 2.0 In November last year I stated that it would only be a matter of time before it happened. Also in November Joel Webber, a Google engineer had the inspiration to port Quake II to HTML5 from Jake2--a Java port of Quake II--using Google Web Toolkit; the same toolkit used for writing Google Mail | Maps | Wave in Java and compiling into JavaScript. With the help of two other Google engineers (Ray Cromwell and Stefan Haustein) in "20% time", it works! Just!
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RE[2]: This is a no go
by raboof on Sun 4th Apr 2010 13:36 UTC in reply to "RE: This is a no go "
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Java is a full fledged virtual machine/language/api for making desktop applications as well as applications that can run in a browser. What silverlight and flash do is only a small subset of what java does.


Indeed Java is more powerful than Flash/AIR.

But when Java applets and JavaFX are entering the 'web applications' arena, they will have to compete with Flash and Silverlight, and a comparison is justified. Java has an advantage for being such a full-fledged platform, but this also comes with a cost (e.g. slow start-up times).

That said, Java and Flash/ActionScript are not really in the same ballpark in terms of language maturity and availability of libraries. I'm not so sure about Silverlight: doesn't that allow you to talk to any .Net code? That would make it quite similar to Java.

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