Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Jan 2007 00:04 UTC, submitted by IdaAshley
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Using the experimental Mozilla XForms extension, you can process XForms in your browser today. While not yet deployed widely enough for use on the public Internet, XForms may be suitable for some intranet applications. This article demonstrates basic XForms processing as currently supported by Firefox and the Mozilla XForms plug-in."
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Compared to Flex
by arbour42 on Thu 25th Jan 2007 00:51 UTC
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2005-07-06

I've been learning Flex lately, in order to build web-based db apps - you know, the "rich internet application" niche. It's very good, but slightly clunky, especially the grid control.

So I've started investigating XForms more closely - it may be easier than flex (and both are much easier than Ajax). Xforms doesn't have the "pretty colors and fades" of flex/flash, but those aren't really necessary with intranet apps.

It's good IBM is putting out a number of XForms tutorials. It seems that the Flex industry is starting to get more and more job postings, and i bet xforms is going to follow in a couple of years.

On a side note, flex and xforms must really worry Microsoft. Whereas MS tied you to Windows because all your db apps were made in Access and VB, now you get the same RICH GUI (not lame html/ajax) as VB using a cross-platform widget set. This will make it so much easier to switch OS's - even Haiku is getting Firefox and Flash to run on their system.

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RE: Compared to Flex
by sbergman27 on Thu 25th Jan 2007 12:21 in reply to "Compared to Flex"
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2005-07-24

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So I've started investigating XForms more closely - it may be easier than flex (and both are much easier than Ajax).
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You might want to try a framework that makes AJAX trivially simple.

Ruby On Rails (if you don't mind Ruby ugliness), TurboGears (Python), or Pylons (Python).

Not sure how Django does on AJAX.

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