How Else to Interact with Browser (was Re: Revolution Web Browser Plugin)
revolution at knowledgeworks.plus.com
Fri Nov 3 17:54:06 CST 2006
Just a small correction (or perhaps I misread this). Flex produces
Flash ouput (as swf files). I thought Laszlo did the same, but
perhaps it has options for AJAX output too.
This year Laszlo decided to target AJAX/DHTML as a delivery mechanism.
I've (occasionally) pointed out on this list the need for a browser
plugin for Rev - there are 3D game companies with browser plugins,
and the Squeak people have also done one for Smalltalk - it is
certainly doable. However, the complaints about the need to download
a plugin always apply. Nevertheless, once that plugin has been
downloaded and (correctly) installed it is there whenever someone
comes across Rev stacks.
However, I'm also coming round to the idea that maybe RunRev should
be augmenting the standalone builder to add a new target - AJAX or
Flash. Flash is probably easiest in that there are less variables
(different browser implementations), but since Laszlo are now doing
AJAX as a target executable (sorry, if this vernacular is too
XCode...) when they have been targeting Flash for years, then maybe
library is rising to the top as an AJAX library. I have used it's
earlier incarnation (as NetWindows) for some years, and it was IMO
powerful than people imagine, but there are so many incompatibilities
introduced by the different browser vendors.
Anyway, there is a Tasmanian company producing a product called
Morphik that is doing this for Delphi, c++, c#, and java. The app is
produced in those development languages, but can produce a standalone
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