OpenLaszlo, Adobe Apollo and Firefox 3
Microsoft itself came out with the “HTML Application” HTA years ago—which is more proof that brilliant individuals work for Microsoft. But Microsoft is ruled by people who turn filet mignon into corn beef hash—you would not have America any other way—so Microsoft abandoned that one and protects the private property it “allows” you to use with XAML (in WPF). And, by the way, the word “allows” is a direct quote from many a Microsoft evangelist trying to push some dead-beat tough love on you—so appreciate it!
Anne Zelenka for GigaOM.com in “The Coming Apollo vs. Firefox Battle” writes:
Some consider Microsoft’s WPF/e platform the main competitor to Apollo, because it promises rich cross-platform applications, just like WPF/e. However, I wonder if the real competitor to Apollo is the web browser, specifically Firefox. Richard MacManus of Read/Write Web reported last month that Firefox 3 will include support for offline web applications. He also noted that some of Firefox developer Mozilla’s top workers are employed by Google.
Well, Mike Chambers of Adobe showed me Apollo in “Apollo Alpha Preview” at lynda.com (this is a free presentation by the way). Two things appear among my thoughts immediately: (i) this looks like Flex bent into the OpenLaszlo space and (ii) it looks like Flex Builder can “expire” in 29 days.