[whatwg] Why not JavaScript?

john arbour arbour42 at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 9 17:40:12 PDT 2004

Good discussion.  My view of a web application, and
i'm coming from the world of developing db apps in
delphi, vb, access, paradox these last 10 years...

When WHAT says "web apps", I consider that you are
trying to build a cross-platform client platform which
will let me easily build rich front-ends to db apps -
like i'd do in Delphi.  Using grids (are the
"repeating form controls" in the Web Forms 2 spec
synonymous with a grid?) and data-bound controls, it
would allow fast, RAD development, prevent having to
"submit" a whole page just to refresh a few form
fields, and allow automatic app upgrades on the client
(which is already part of the web experience).

this is what Flash is slowly trying to morph itself
into.  If you can get the spec close to this, it would
go over very big in the corporate world, which would
no longer need to depend on VB, C#, Delphi or Access
to build their bread and butter db apps, the ones they
use day to day.

This area has been one of the main bottlenecks in the
well-known Munich gov't transition to Linux - they
have so many db apps written in Access and VB.  If
they had been written in a cross-platofrm environment
like WHAT, which gives a fast, RAD (data-bound
control) framework, it would be SO SO much easier for
them to switch OS's.

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