That’s the question Sun seems to be asking the world with their announcement of JavaFX, a Java-based runtime that is meant to compete with Ajax, Flash, Silverlight and the other RIA technologies.
Mike Potter nails this pretty well, but the gaping void in this news is that JavaFX doesn’t really come with a designer story. Sure, Java developers have an “easier” way to write Swing interfaces, but when your starting point has a degree of difficulty of 900, “easier” is a relative term.
Without the designer story this thing is dead in the water. There may be some traction in the mobile world (that’s where it seems to be mostly targeted) but actually building desktop or web applications? Doesn’t seem compelling for anyone.
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