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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Um, OK. I just listed off the first that came to mind.
But why don't you list off the names of cross-platform apps written in Qt. You will find that they have stayed pretty much the same, too--Picasa, Google Earth, and... not much else springs to mind actually. Flex--admittedly they've got some fresher programs, but nothing with the complexity of the Java apps mentioned, and for good reason. How about some other cross-platform toolkits? Let's take a look at XUL. Firefox, Thunderbird and Co, Komodo IDE--that's most of it. GTK+? Well, there's Pidgin, GIMP, AbiWord... nothing much new there either.

How does claiming that it's the "same old list" prove anything? It's the same with most desktop software across the board.

Put another way, if I were to list off a bunch of little-known Java apps, would it really support my argument? By the same extension I think you'll have trouble finding many examples of apps written in any other toolkit that don't warrant the same answer from me of "oh, those same apps listed again"?

I admit that JavaFX has been off to a slow start and Swing is getting a bit long in the tooth, but writing off Java on the desktop entirely seems to me to be unreasonably short-sighted.

Btw, if you want proof that plenty of people are gleefully ignoring your kind of FUD and just creating things with technology that works, take a look at one of the most innovative projects mentioned on OSNews not too long ago, Code Bubbles.

Edited 2010-05-31 18:26 UTC

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