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Anonymous

Hello,
JDNC interests me as it seems like a real "XUL" implementation for Java
geared towards rich clients. My desire is to have a rich client that is
served up XUL "pages" by a server, much as a browser is served up html pages.
The XUL itself would be powerful enough to bind the UI with backend web
services, or even support submitting the page back to the server as a form
POST (though I'm not really too interested in this). Am I correct in
thinking that JDNC will eventually fit this bill, or am I misunderstanding
the nature and scope of JDNC?

- Andy

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rameshgupta
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> Hello,
> JDNC interests me as it seems like a real "XUL"
> L" implementation for Java
> geared towards rich clients. My desire is to have a
> rich client that is
> served up XUL "pages" by a server, much as a browser
> is served up html pages.
> The XUL itself would be powerful enough to bind the
> UI with backend web
> services, or even support submitting the page back to
> the server as a form
> POST (though I'm not really too interested in this).
> Am I correct in
> thinking that JDNC will eventually fit this bill, or
> am I misunderstanding
> the nature and scope of JDNC?
>
> - Andy

We keep getting sporadic requests for supporting a comprehensive XML-based declarative approach to rich client development that goes beyond mere "toy" applications.

JDNC certainly has the potential to support this capability, as the fundamental object realization framework is already in place, and the JDNC markup language is amenable to extension, both by adding new JDNC element types/attributes, as well as constructs from other namespaces.

Whether comprehensive UI support through XML will eventually be part of JDNC will depend first, and foremost, on whether there is sufficient and unequivocal interest in this, and then (obviously) on what resources are available.

There is always the possibility of third parties filling in the gaps. But I'd rather see Sun, as the torch-bearer of Java, take the leadership on this (See "A Fresh Start" at http://www.enode.com/whitePaper3.html). In my personal opinion, the opportunity cost of ignoring this is potentially huge.

Ramesh