Sober Commentary

Just came across this article by Bruce Eckel, the author of Think in Java™, on why the Java platform isn't the platform of choice for rich Internet applications (RIAs). The article is a long but worthy read. Personally, I find it terribly frustrating that the latest "advance" in web technology is to reinvent something that Java's been doing for a decade. I understand that Java's not perfect, but as a developer, I'd much rather be dealing with some installation issues than trying to write code that dynamically adapts itself to the browser du jour. The problem is, and it's Sun's perennial problem, the developers aren't the ones driving the marketplace.

On the bright side, though, it looks like JSF may find a niche as the preferred abstraction for doing AJAX development. See dynafaces and jMaki. I'll be very interested to see how that one plays out.

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