Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th May 2009 09:21 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Mozilla & Gecko clones The boys and girls of the Mozilla project have taken the wraps off the beta for Prism 1.0. Prism is a technology which blurs the boundaries between the web and the desktop, allowing you to approach web sites as if they were ordinary desktop applications. Prism is cross-platform, and runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
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Questions for the experts
by Hypnos on Tue 12th May 2009 09:52 UTC
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How is this different from any other application server, e.g. WebObjects? Appears to me it is very similar, except with XUL instead of Java.

If this is the case, is XUL really a big win over Java? They're both desktop-agnostic, and both bloated for the same reason ...

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RE: Questions for the experts
by FreeGamer on Tue 12th May 2009 10:18 in reply to "Questions for the experts"
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This is very similar to other technologies that have existed for a while. For example, I contribute to Vexi:

It has similar properties with 1 major difference; brand power. Mozilla brand is strong, and they have a large infrastructure (and as such many developers) behind them, whereas as most projects like Vexi suffer from being too loosely presented to the world - not because they're not good or not well-featured, but because the final push (documentation, demos, marketing) takes a full time effort and we don't have the manpower to do that.

Is Prism good? Probably. Anything special? I doubt it.

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RE: Questions for the experts
by slight on Tue 12th May 2009 10:32 in reply to "Questions for the experts"
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Well essentially, it bears absolutely no relation to them! :p

It's a couple of things. It's a tool for creating a link that will launch a browser for a particular site with custom settings for that site, and it's a set of APIs that allow sites to interact with the desktop a little, like minimizing to the task tray, and creating a pop-up right-click menu for minimized apps.

I'm sure there's some more to it but AFAICT that's about it.

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RE[2]: Questions for the experts
by Hypnos on Tue 12th May 2009 12:50 in reply to "RE: Questions for the experts"
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If the websites look at all "app-liked" rather than "website-like," to do even what you describe you need some kind of HTTP-based control protocol (e.g., SOAP) and a portable runtime (in this case, XUL).

So with all this infrastructure, you might as well do more than simply having smart links and a few custom settings!

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