I am not a regular reader of Dr. Dobb’s Portal, but I know it’s a fairly well regarded tech news site. Unfortunately in the world of rich internet applications, well regarded tech sites tend to get the facts all wrong. Here’s a gem of an introductory paragraph from the Dr. Dobb’s post:
This year, some of the big boys gave every impression of having suddenly and simultaneously remembered that there is such a thing as a desktop. Google got Geared up, Adobe announced AIR, and Microsoft saw the light with Silverlight, all of which are tools to help web developers integrate operations on the Web and the desktop just a little better. That oft-repeated mantra that the web browser is the new operating system? In 2007, not so much.
Why do tech people continue to lump Silverlight in with Adobe AIR and Google Gears and then go on to describe it as a platform for bridging the web-desktop gap? If they were just talking about all the new technologies that are coming out, that would be one thing. But they continually misunderstand the features of Silverlight.
We’re in a new space and I can understand how the number of new technologies would be a bit confusing at times. Hopefully we can all just keep writing productive posts about the different RIA solutions and maybe we’ll get through to people. You can start with this article.
[tags]Rich Internet Applications, Tech Journalists[/tags]