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.

#24 But what about the existing code base ?

by gangz

Sunday February 29th, 2004 9:29 PM

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If Sun where to make XUL the default GUI then what about the existing code base which used AWT / Swing for the GUI. The transition will be painful for both Sun and the end users. Another thing to look at is the maturity level of XUL. Agreed XUL has a rich collection of controls, but would it suffice ? Would it be rich enough for ISVs to write applications for business users ? That is one thing that needs to be addressed. It is not just the open sourcing of technology that will generate any revenues, it is the allegiance of the developers that will make a particular platform more successful. The more the ISVs the better it is. Also consider the case of the GTK toolkit. This is also cross-platform, open sourced. How does XUL compare against this toolkit ? Agreed XUL is *much easier* than GTK, but what about the programming model ? All these things need to be looked at.