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I disagree, it not 'irrelevant' its a fact, and most of us that work in a
commercial enterprise setting have to deal with the practical realities of
life not the philisophical ideals. As you said '.. If there's a good, free
client side implementation ....', and even thats no guarantee.
Personally, I have no particular axe to grind over the use of products from
any vendor, if the ROI stacks up then its a good candidate for being
selected. Part of the selection process includes pure costs, others are more
to do with operational support. IMO, in most cases a product with virtually
no market traction or support from main-stream vendors is unlikely to be
selected. Sure we could all spend time developing in-house bespoke
implementations rather than letting developers and designers get on with
work that impacts the 'bottom line', but in my organisation at least, that a
luxury that is seldom available.
I like to muse over (and participate when I have a special interest) all
manner potential new technologies (for example I developed an implementation
engine for BPEL4WS (now WS-BPEL) long before any commercial product was
available), but I never lose sight that of the fact that this is a practical
profession with real paymasters.
>From: Elliotte Harold <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: XML Developers List <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: [xml-dev] XFORMS
>Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 09:23:16 -0500
>Fraser Goffin wrote:
>>As Mike says there are a number of successful 'server-side'
>>implementations in use (we use one in an industry portal), but IMO it is
>>unlikely to gain much traction client-side (can't see MS supporting it
>>since they have their own solution to this and IE usage remains 90%+
>As I've said before, that's irrelevant. If there's a good, free client side
>implementation that is better than the alternatives for developing web
>apps, some intranets will use it. It can grow from there to take over the
>market. This has happened before. This is *exactly* how IE and AJAX got
>into the position they're in today.
>Of course, this only works if there actually is a good client side
>implementation bundled with a browser that lets developers do things they
>can't easily do today with alternative technologies.
>Elliotte Rusty Harold firstname.lastname@example.org
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