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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Not To Mention

An underlying, unintentional, yet pervasive message at OSCON this year is this: while the web server is a proven platform for building applications, the web *browser* is a horrible platform for building applications. Browsers have a tough row to hoe to get where they need to be. The huge advantage they have is cultural: programming applications by default are assumed to be best done on a browser, especially "cross browser", no matter what pain is involved.

Please don't hurt the web! Use a productive client.

Two things are going to push browsers (maybe kicking and screaming) into the 21st century web: Flex, (which *is* open and so could show up in Firefox someday) and AtomPub.

The combination of those could be significant.

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