Linux Today Article Recommends Sun Adopt XUL for Java

Friday February 27th, 2004

Tomas Marek (marek<AT>tipsport<DOT>cz) and guzzi333 pointed us towards a Linux Today article in which Ganesh Prasad argues that Sun should levarage the work of the open-source community to improve enterprise Java and fight back against Microsoft's .NET. The author singles out client-side rich user interfaces as an area in which Java is weak, and recommends that Sun adopt XUL to fill the gap. This would help to combat Microsoft's XAML technology, which is similar to XUL and designed to work well with .NET applications. Prasad also claims that Sun could give credibility to XUL and encourages the company to work with the Mozilla Foundation to get the language endorsed as a W3C standard.

#11 XPFE == Rich Client Framework

by geraldb

Saturday February 28th, 2004 5:36 AM

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> Sure enough, the inspiration for XAML can be seen to be an Open Source rich client framework from the Mozilla Foundation, > called XUL.

Well, let's dissect the article. Cleary XUL is not a rich client framework it's a XML-based UI language. I guess the author isn't aware that Mozilla calls its rich client framework XPFE (TM) and that Mozilla (R) XUL (TM) (XML UI Language) is just a tiny part. You can't use Mozilla (R) XUL (TM) without XPCOM (TM), XPInstall (TM), XPConnect (TM), XPIDL (TM), XBL (TM), and so on, can you? Also note that Microsoft (R) doesn't claim XAML (Extensible Application/Avalon Markup Language) as a trademark. XAML is just a code-named that Microsoft (R) is going to change later on to a real trademark/brand such as WindowsML (R) or similar.