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Please stop the AJAX FUD and focus on the facts

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Since the release of Flex 2.0 and the usage terms like ‘Web 2.0’ and AJAX i’ve seen many posts comparing Flex and the Flash Platform and technologies like AJAX. What bothers me is that i’ve seen these posts increasingly turn into FUD. Respected bloggers like Ryan Stewart on ZDNet have their say on the new technologies fighting for the developers attention. But please, please, keep these postings to pure facts. No the ECMA committee did not put an incompetent specification out on October ( nor is it planning to ) and there are no new extensions to the Javascript programming model by the various browser vendors based on that hypothetical specification.

We’ve had these ignorant wars back here in Holland around 2004 when the term AJAX was still a football club in my hometown  and a company called BackBase was using a similar UI Dialect like Flex to sell their RIA Product. At that time, there was even a RIA seminar organized by Martijn de Visser at Lost Boys ( from FLV Player fame ) where both BackBase and Macromedia were present. The discussions there were useless and quickly turned into point-to-point comparison which most seasoned developers know is bollocks, there is simply a lot more then choosing a technology based on it’s feature-set.

So to whom all it may concert, please keep the discussion honest and useful. Tell people the advantages of Flex but also it’s disadvantages. Please do tell them that the Flash Platform excels when it comes to video and animation and even charting. Tell them about the plugin penetration. But also please tell them about it’s weaknesses, for instance the text handling. There are similar points made when it comes to AJAX. Not all websites benefit from a total makeover done in Flex. The incremental update with a focus on user interaction ( a gentle notice when a password is not strong enough like in Gmail, an in-page refresh for a newsletter signup ) is what makes it a great use of existing technologies.

If we keep the discussion honest and mature we all ( both us Flash and Flex developers and designers in our Adobe community as well as the bigger web development community ) benefit and can make the right and relevant choice.

Link: Apocalypse 2.0 – the day the web broke | The Universal Desktop | ZDNet.com.

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Written by ohwhen

September 6, 2006 at 12:28 am

Posted in Web/Tech

3 Responses

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  1. I personally really enjoyed Ryan’s article. And although he did present a hypothetical problem (which he admitted was just a story) it was one I have dealt with for most of my time as a web developer.

    I never look forward to a new browser being released because it always causes more trouble for me. What will work, what wont work…its a nightmare.

    However I have very little concern over flash player releases because I have never had a backwards compatibility problem. I am sure it could happen in the future, but for now, when I launch the code I know its gonna run.

    So FUD aside, those are the facts that matter to me.

    Simeon

    September 6, 2006 at 2:06 am

  2. @Owen: I’m glad that someone else can see through the FUD thats being spread about Ajax.

    Rey Bango

    September 6, 2006 at 2:35 am

  3. I Promise, I Do Not Hate Ajax

    Owen called me out, and rightly so (although Owen, respected, no way) . Between my ZDNet post and my post responding to Rey, I look like a pretty big Ajax hater. And Ive been accused of a whole lot of fear mongering and incendiary…


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