Product review: Curl 6.0 enrichens the rich Internet toolkit

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| Since my review of Curl 5.0 last August, Curl won InfoWorld’s Technology of
| the Year award in the RIA category, Curl 6.0 was released, and Curl released
| three open source projects: WSDK (Web Services Development Kit), CDK (Curl
| Data Kit), and CDU (Curl Development Utilities). Curl can do some impressive
| things with graphics for a RIA, as shown by this figure.
| I applaud Curl’s open source initiatives, but I’ll concentrate here on
| reviewing the new features of Curl 6.0, which amount to a Macintosh port of
| the runtime, AJAX interoperability features, controls additions and
| improvements including easier customization, and graphics rendering
| improvements such as better antialiasing and smoother curves.


Enterprise Web App Platform Maker UnCurls Code

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| "The decision to release all of the Curl source code above the RTE was made
| to encourage broad adoption of Curl as a viable enterprise RIA platform and
| provide all of the components required to support development of Curl
| applications," Richard Treadway, vice president of product strategy for Curl,
| told LinuxInsider. * *

Rich Web technologies debated

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| With the proliferation of mobile devices however, HTML browsing will not be
| available on all these systems, and the iPhone does not have Flash and
| probably will not have Silverlight either, said Ferraiolo. AJAX, however, is
| always there and is open and can be counted on, he said. *

ECIS Accuses Microsoft of Plotting HTML Hijack

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| An industry coalition that has represented competitors of Microsoft
| in European markets before the European Commission stepped up its
| public relations offensive this morning, this time accusing
| Microsoft of scheming to upset HTML's place in the fabric of
| the Internet with XAML, an XML-based layout lexicon forn
| etwork applications.

Audience abandons Microsoft's MIX 07 keynote

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| He said that when Microsoft and other companies create communities
| around their technology, it's usually accidental, not created by
| any ad placed strategically on a web page or in a game.
| "The Xbox community existed, but the Microsoft ads [in games and
| on Xbox Live] then got moved around quite by accident, not by
| design," Rasala said. "It's unclear that many companies can
| replicate that pattern by design."
| After Bach's keynote, it was difficult to find attendees in
| the hall that did not work for Microsoft. Nine out of 10
| attendees approached for comment after his talk were from
| the company.

Silverlight is about The Microsoft Web.

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| Sorry, but I have to say something very rude. You clearly don't know
| what you're talking about. That is Microsoft PR talking. Can you say
| "credibility loss".
| Silverlight is about The Microsoft Web
| Silverlight is not about the World Wide Web. It's about The Microsoft
| Web. It's about getting fools to rally around Microsoft. After all of
| this time and experience with Microsoft, anybody with half a brain
| will be smart enough to avoid doing that. The last thing you want to
| be is dependent on Microsoft and set yourself up to be a DIRECT
| competitor with "Microsoft Cloud Services" down the road. Dumb.
| Foolish. Stupid. Smart investors won't invest one dime in your
| company and might even short your stock.
| Remember, it's Microsoft's cloud. Microsoft is not investing in
| huge datacenters all around the world for no reason. And, Microsoft
| will do whatever it takes, including operating that new online
| services business at a huge loss, to starve off any smaller
| competitor that foolishly chose to develop on the Silverlight
| platform. Microsoft sold $44 BILLION and cleared $18 BILLION
| profit last year. How many billions did you make last year?

Microsoft's Silverlight Promises to Disrupt Linux Web Users

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| Just as it seemed that Linux users (especially 64-bit users) would
| finally be able to enjoy streaming content with a minimum of
| hassle, Microsoft's new Silverlight software promises to throw a
| wrench in the works. Because of sites like Google Video and
| Youtube, Flash video has become a common means of streaming
| multimedia over the Internet.

Microsoft's 'Everywhere' excludes Linux

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| This browser add-on enables rendering of WPF content, but
| "Everywhere" doesn't include Linux.

Microsoft's Silverlight Disappoints

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| I shake off the dissapointment and continue up the trail

Lights out for Silverlight

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| The next point is the availability of the tools. Even though you can
| view Silverlight on OS X, you will have no chance of being able to
| author Silverlight content without a Windows licence. This is a
| conscious decision. On the one hand, Microsoft wants to get
| designers using their Expression toolset yet designers will have
| to come across to the Windows platform in order to do it. It may
| not be such a large hurdle but it is a hurdle nevertheless. Ever
| tried to force an OS X user onto Windows? They cry, they scream
| and they want their (at times) consistent GUI back.