Posted by editor
on June 27, 2008 at 8:12 AM PDT
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DHTML or Applets? Or both?
Now what does this mean for Java? Specifically JavaFX? In a sense, JavaFX playing both sides of this street. Obviously, JavaFX is a VM-based option, and we'll have to see what kinds of delivery options are made available for JavaFX applications (applets, web start, double-clickables, etc.). But since JavaFX uses WebKit as its rendering engine -- the same code that Apple is relying on for Safari on the Mac, Windows, and iPhone, and their webapp-centric vision of the future -- doesn't it seem like JavaFX has that option covered too?
In light of this, the latest java.net Poll asks
"What RIA platform do you prefer?" Cast your vote on the front page, then visit the results page for current discussion and tallies.
And no, JavaFX isn't a choice, because it hasn't been released yet (and therefore is unlikely to be anyone's practical "favorite"), and it's not clear how JavaFX deploys as an RIA (is it an applet or a stand-alone app, or what?), but if you'd like to vote for it as "something else" and provide a follow-up comment, please do.