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RE: Spolsky's requests for Web Applications

From: Andrew Mayo <andrew.mayo@enigmahealth.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 14:23:42 +0100
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To: "Michael Pediaditakis" <mp49@kent.ac.uk>
Cc: <public-webapps-cdf-discuss@w3.org>

further to my earlier comments on Mozilla embedded in Java, I did a quick web search and found


which, by its own admission, is a work in progress. But they have embedded the browser in a Java window.

Now think about this combination a bit. A powerful controlling language with increasingly good IDEs available (including Eclipse, which is free). A powerful rendering and printing engine - that's Mozilla/Firefox. PostgreSQL for the database.

All we need (sigh!) is SVG and contenteditable built into the standard builds. UI widgets are then built with XUL or perhaps using Dean Edward's ( http://dean.edwards.name/moz-behaviors/ ) wrapper to emulate IE behaviors in Mozilla - behaviors are a wonderful way to write UI widgets in Javascript itself and I love them to bits!. (also, behaviors can be applied via CSS in IE).

This whole framework would be a wonderful, standards-compliant, infinitely powerful way to render and print across platforms. Content is then authored using standards-compliant HTML with any tool you prefer. Business logic is developed separately, probably in Java, as I said before. The combination is totally platform-neutral. This is *surely* the way to go!.
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