Revolution - A FIT Client
Thomas McGrath III
3mcgrath at comcast.net
Fri Mar 21 16:32:55 CDT 2008
Dear fellow revolutionaries,
I am currently working with a company that produces Web 2.0 Widgets. I
have produced a few prototypes showing web gadgets in a Revolution
application for the desktop but have had a hard time explaining why
Revolution has not adopted a 'stack in browser' web component. I know,
I know, I've heard all of the arguments for and against this.
The thing is with the advent of Google Gears and with Adobe Air I feel
the only thing Rev is missing to have beaten these companies to the
front of the line is that we don't have the web component. I can
already write a gadget in JS on the web and display it on the Mac and
Win desktop by writing another application with Rev. But, Google and
Air allow you to build the JS on the web and then display it on the
Mac and Win Desktop using the same code where as using Rev I have to
write two different sets of code.
This just seems like a missed opportunity to me. I am studying JS for
use in Air and Google widget development and in this instance Rev is
taking a back seat in my development cycle. That just doesn't seem
right to me. I want to use my favorite program to do the whole thing.
I think the old arguments are no longer valid or at least becoming
Thoughts on this?
Plus I need a 'better' argument to give to this new client of mine
that just wants to write the code once and reuse it everywhere
(including mobile which Google Gears is now allowing for, Silverlight
MS is also allowing this, and I think Adobe Air will too.)
I have a need for forward thinking concepts that will carry me into
the future with these type of companies/clients. But I would rather
not have to learn a whole new language to do it in, and besides
Revolution is the best language I have ever used. Why can't I use it
in these other areas too.
This is not a demand or even a complaint, really, it is however a
desire and a hope to have the tools I'm using now meet with my desire
to progress into the future of application usage.
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