Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 29th May 2010 20:41 UTC
Apple I've been meaning to write this for some time, and for all the time I delayed the more poignant the point I wanted to make started to become as new news came out further solidifying my angle. When I begun writing this article the iPad had not yet been revealed, iPhone OS 4 was not on the map and Apple had not yet purchased Lala. You've probably just noticed that all of these events in fact point toward Apple embracing the web more and in this article I will point out why this is not the case because I believe Apple's agenda here is similar to something we've already seen in recent history.
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The post I replied to mentioned desktop. You have ignored what I stated about java apps. All the apps you list still scream that they are written in Java. This is not FUD, this is user experience based fact.

OK, to quote your claims again...

Which means that it is slow, eats memory for breakfast, and doesn't fit in with the rest of the desktop within which it is running.

Slow... um, no. Maybe the JavaVM initially starting means an extra 10 seconds startup time. After that, all of the apps I mentioned are as snappy or snappier than their native counterparts. (Example of being snappier: Many native apps *cough Apple Mail cough* actually experience a full UI freeze while they do anything remotely complicated. Most well-written Java GUI apps on the other hand take advantage of background threads to avoid that kind of thing.)

Memory: None of the apps I listed above takes more than around 160MB of memory. That seems quite normal for the kind of complex applications they represent.

Fitting in: All of the above-listed Java apps match the look and feel of native apps perfectly (or so closely that perhaps 90% of users would fail to notice the difference). If you were to ask the average Flash Builder user whether they realized that Flash Builder is a Java app, I would guess maybe half of them would have no idea, and the rest would only know because they happen to be programmers. The only areas where natively-styled Java apps occasionally don't match is with the Open/Save dialog boxes of certain Swing apps, which is admittedly quite a sore point, but hardly justifies the claim that the entirety of the above apps do not fit in.

Sorry, but yes, you are spouting FUD.

Edited 2010-05-30 14:34 UTC

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