Linked by David Adams on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 03:47 UTC, submitted by fran
Humor "The world of software is made slightly crazy because of the huge flexibility within any computer language. Once you have absorbed the idea of a compiler written in the language it compiles what else is there left to gawp at? But... a Java Virtual Machine JVM written in JavaScript seems like another level of insanity."
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RE: Browser vs OS
by biffuz on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 09:41 UTC in reply to "Browser vs OS"
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I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't particularly care to have all my apps running inside the browser, so I think we should just make this VM a standard and run it at the OS level, instead of having every browser implement the VM separately. So you hit a website, and then it could run the application outside of the browser, and then you could create a shortcut to that app on your desktop or whatever, so you don't have to launch a browser window to get to it.

They tried that with Java 15 years ago, but people didn't like it, because of the usual it looks ugly, it's slow, takes a lot of memory, doesn't integrate with the system, it's hard to develop, and blah blah blah.

They weren't completely wrong back then; today things are a lot better. The fun part is that, since Java lost its appeal, people moved to uglier, slower, larger, less integrated, and harder to develop stuff like JavaScript.

Anyway, you can't really do it outside the browser, as the "webapps" use HTML/CSS to render their GUI where possible (and I believe it's a truly masochistic exercise in most cases).

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