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   RE: [xml-dev] The Browser Wars are Dead! Long Live the Browser Wa rs!

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You're right.  My experience is different.

I used to be of the same persuasion as Paul and 
perhaps yourself.  Then I was introduced to industrial 
scale databases with high reliability requirements. 
I tried to do with Javascript and VBScript what  
has been done with Visual FoxPro, Oracle and 
SQL Server.  It altered my opinions with real world 
demonstrations of the productivity and efficiency 
of dedicated languages.

That doesn't mean I don't use the HTML browser or 
code for it.  I definitely do.  I learned what 
it is good at and what it isn't.  Give me 
specialized clients with XML-capable web awareness 
anyday.  I don't need an operating system with 
an operating system hosting it.  I need an 
operating system with components, among them 
but not first or foremost, Internet components.
The HTML browser is a great renderer.  Drag 
and drop it onto the form.  Cool.  Build the 
form inside it; dumb slow and awkward.

And God save me from specs produced by people 
who don't work in the industry they pretend 
to be standardizing.


From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com]

> Have at.  But if that means I have to ditch a 
> client that uses a language that gets the work 
> done in a few lines of code vs a thousand, runs 
> fast and is highly reliable over a system that 
> can return 404 and has the highest maintenance 
> costs in the business, no thanks.

As usual, you commercial experience is radically different from mine. 


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