Thursday, September 30

object-oriented, event-driven apps through the web!

NextApp says they have an object oriented event driven app framework. It's called Echo, and it's Jesus Christ and a Bag of Chips according to what's on the website. Thing is, Spolsky says -- and I agree -- that "rich" UIs aren't necessarily better. Not having to learn a ui when you learn a new app is a very very powerful thing.

From another perspective, I'd be very leery of leaky abstractions, if I had to work with Echo. NextApp says you don't need to know HTML or JavaScript to use their framework, but is that really the case? To what extent would be you able to exploit their framework without really understanding what's going on "under the hood"?

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