Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Oct 2012 22:55 UTC
General Development "Everyone seems to have a replacement for JavaScript - Google even has two. Now Microsoft has revealed that Anders Hejlsberg has been working on a replacement and it has released a preview of TypeScript. TypeScript is open source - Apache 2.0 license - and a superset of JavaScript. As you would expect from a Hejlsberg language it incorporates type checking, interfaces and lots of syntactic sugar."
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"In the end, applications should be done native. Easiness of installation can be achieved with things like ClickOnce, Java Web Start, or simple package repository."

I hear you, three cheers for easy distribution of native apps. There are many kinds of apps for which browser based solutions aren't nearly as good. But many modern platforms are forcing us (devs/users) to make a contrived choice: submitting to and empowering corporately imposed walled gardens, or standing up for our freedom with (thus far unregulated) web apps. Given this choice, I'd go for freedom almost every time.

JWS was an excellent model for what mobile apps should have been; native apps which are as easy as using a website. However this possibility is largely being foiled by mobile manufacturers who are willing and able to promote platforms that enforce themselves as native application middle-men. This way they can collect royalties over 3rd party apps which they couldn't do if things like JWS were allowed.

Edited 2012-10-02 06:15 UTC

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