What's the point?
Posted Mar 1, 2012 5:50 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: What's the point?
Parent article: Mozilla announces HTML5-based phone
As a recent (for the past 8 months or so) entrant into development for the web I can say that it has been pretty productive for me.
I think you missed my point completely… Sigh…
I'll try again.
I'm not talking about the cases where you are forced to use web technologies: it's quite possible to do and if you have no choice (for example if you want to create cross-platform application usable in browser), then it's quite doable.
But if you platform only provides web platform and nothing else then that's liability: it's harder to develop (debugging tools are much less mature, UI creation is convoluted because it was not initially designed with webapps in mind, you can not use threads easily, etc).
I abandoned an earlier attempt with GWT because the ui designer for eclipse kept crashing or not rendering things the way I had expected it to, it wasn't worth the hassle of trying to figure it out.
Why would anyone choose more limited platform if it s/he can choose richer one?
It's the exact same mistake Sun did (and eventually died because of it): if you offer a platform which makes it possible to write cross-platform applications then said platform may be used by some people (people write lot's of things in Java, right?), but why would anyone use something which only runs such application and nothing else (things like JavaStation)? One may use Windows or Mac, get access to all these applications and to native applications, too.
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