Mark Finkle ran a developer day session for people creating applications with XULRunner and he has some great thoughts about he platform on his blog. I’m hoping to cover XULRunner more on ZDNet because I think it’s an interesting aspect of the RIA space. At my panel during the Web 2.0 Expo, we’ll be talking with the Joost developers about XULRunner, so I’m looking forward to that perspective.
Mark’s post addresses a lot of interesting issues with XULRunner including the developer environment and how XULRunner integrates with the operating system. It’s a great inside look at the strengths and weaknesses of the platform. I disagree with Mark when he says that he believes “the breadth and richness of the Mozilla platform surpasses that of Apollo and WPF/E” but I do think XULRunner can compete. It just isn’t quite at the level of Apollo in my opinion (and it’s also interesting to note he mentions WPF/E).
In the comment, there is a link to a very interesting blog post from someone who seems to be doing some XULRunner. It’s an even more candid look at how the platform works. I think the post nails it when it says:
Some part of me wants to say, yes, Mozilla/XUL will make it, but the richness (graphics / video / animation, usable interface markup / widgets, developer community) of WPFe/Flex, the WPF/Apollo deployment stories, and their security models, debuggability, desktop integration tales, and at-least-one-developer statistic make it hard to say, with puppy-fox-eyes “please don’t hurt the web: use open standards”…
Good food for thought and some interesting talking points for anyone interested in XULRunner.
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