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On Fri, 5 Nov 2004, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> And we already have that as WinForms, XUL, etc.
> When we use WinForms, we get a richer client with a lot
> more control support. If we use webForms, we get better
> or more concise properties. Any MS developer using VisualStudio.Net
> has to make a decision about that going into a project.
> WebForms are compatible with HTML and sit in their own
> namespace (asp:listbox, for example). Or one develops
> entirely in HTML. This works well although the
> new developer still has to sort out the runat dilemmas
> (eg, how useful is showModalDialog in a mixed environment?
> answer: not very).
> Under XAML, one can use the Avalon objects which are rich,
> or develop their own thus having a straightforward way to
> extend the framework with domain objects that someone else
> can then use to author. In environments such as the one
> we sell to with lots of customization and local extensibility,
> XAML will be close to ideal. Today, we play a lot of tricks
> with metadata tables and XSLT. XAML will be much more
> straightforward. One gets the advantages of the custom
> controls PLUS an XML-analog to other objects. This is
> what we were designing for the MID in 1993/94. It is a
> natural evolution.
> I see it as the emergence of more sophisticated clients. HTML
> only goes so far, then one is inserting Active-X objects.
> XAML makes sense to me. A competitor to HTML is overdue.
> (clipped the CC to save the inboxes)
> From: Didier PH Martin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> I have to say that Gerald is right; it's a direct competitor to HTML and to
> XUL. However the main target is not to create document per se but rich
> client applications with all the characteristics of web applications. The
> biggest impact will be on those who promoted the fat server/light client or
> in other word, the reincarnation of the mainframe paradigm.
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