PHP, it's dynamite
Excellent, does this include MySQL for a database. Hopefully Google will tune these babies superfast, maybe we'll even see node.js there one day, the more the merrier.
22 posts • joined 29 Aug 2010
Amazing, if they can do this, then why would you even need the bloat of a browser client-side? You could push sophisticated client/server type apps to the dumbest of dumb terminals then, maybe just a screen with some input devices...I don't know how this will lead to a world takeover, but I stand ready to welcome our new overlords.
In general, this is a good idea - I recommended something like this to my previous company about 5 years ago. The software we were selling was a bugger to install and maintain, so giving a 'pret a porter' solution to a subset of clients would be a good thing. The slowness of managerial thinking was one reason why the idea did not take, but also they were used to sending a 'consultant', billable for mega-bucks, for a week or two to set things up, so this would have meant a significant drop in revenue.
I wish they would hand over development of the runtimes (AIR, player) to open source as well, as they (Adobe) haven't been very good stewards of Flash to date - they're more arty-farty than technical, and ideas about making it more efficient, such as driving it closer to the hardware (Flash SoC, anyone?) would be more likely to come from the Open Source community.
Well, imagine telling this to the shareholders beforehand: "We're going to have a punt at world domination, very little chance of it succeeding given the history, but we'll be chucking $4 billion down the toilet with this little flutter." Doesn't make much sense unless there is a hidden motive.
HTML5 has the potential to kill all manner of technologies in current use, so it better work great out of the box and identically with all implementations of browsers, starting from a particular point in the future. Maybe it'll be like that IPv6 and never actually be implemented...
You say "But enterprises already need to cater for an increasing proportion of mobile workers, and that proportion is set to grow.", but can you link to any literature on the subject? I don't see the proportion of mobile users increasing vastly in my industry (I.T.), and the use of laptops has adequately catered to this segment , but I do agree (somewhat backhandedly) that current technologies provide the ability to push I.T. services to the client base in a targeted way, although cost of implementation is a grey area.
I've had to revert to Google, but, out of the box it is not as intuitive as Bloglines, where you could see the lay of the land at a glance. Maybe some tweaking with the iGoogle API will allow the development of a gadget that looks more like Bloglines.
I feel very uncomfortable with Google being able to monitor what I'm reading, and who knows whether they won't take it upon themselves to censor news reports 'for my convenience and browsing security' at some time in the future?
I agree that this is a definite opportunity for an open source or not-for-profit initiative.
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