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.
Saturday February 28th, 2004 8:31 AM
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The thing with .NET is it's not multi-platform. Microsoft only supports Windows implementation of .NET (so dont mention 0.3 Mono) and Sun supports Java on all major platforms. So .NET is not even a competitor to Java. Anyone who is only concerned with Windows will program in VB. That's just reality.
I do however agree the Java GUI is weak.
The only thing, unfortunately, that will allow people to use technologies that aren't MS is when document formats are openned. I use OpenOffice exclusively but haven't mustered the courage to send someone an OpenOffice Document file instead of a MS .doc