Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Apr 2011 19:57 UTC, submitted by PLan
Legal Should I be sad or relieved? Groklaw, the website that played a central role in the SCO vs. sanity case, has just announced it will close up shop on May 16 of this year. Groklaw's place in history has been secured, surely, but in recent years, the site became more and more like a relic from the past, clearly stuck in the everyone vs. Microsoft mindset of the late '90s and early 2000s. Even in today's announcement post, Groklaw shows that its time has indeed come.
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RE[3]: Microsoft...
by nt_jerkface on Tue 12th Apr 2011 01:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Microsoft..."
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Actually, the HTML5 engine does a lot of the GUI-work for most apps. As ECMAScript gets closer to strict typing the JIT will do better work, and you can write your apps in a language close to C++/D that compiles down to typed javascript. Look at Google's Closure for a start.


Let's say that MS even takes it a step further and brings HTML5/ECMAScript to Visual Studio and allows the use of C#. For most software that still isn't enough incentive to convert existing code.

By the time that even happens there will be alternative web frameworks that provide better performance. HTML5 is general purpose and development moves too slowly.

If Apple, Opera and Firefox cooperate then HTML5 can become av very real office application platform. Webkit is very close, already.


You didn't specify office applications. There will be a variety of online office applications eventually since it is commonly used software. But most business software is going to stay local.

And yes... you could run AutoCAD as a client-server app with the AutoCAD codebase running on the server and having a webGL streaming display engine in the browser-client. No problem if you have a speedy connection to the server.


That isn't an HTML5 application, that's just streaming and there is already existing tech like Citrix. The major downside to streaming is a company like Autodesk has to provide a massive amount of bandwidth and cpu processing in addition to the software. Or they could keep making money by selling localized versions. A tough choice.

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