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By johnny (Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 06:12:33 AM EST) open source, openlaszlo, rock star, ice weasels, static cling (all tags)
From the brilliant post on the OpenLaszlo project blog (man, that is a well-written blog entry! Wonder if there was a ghost writer involved?)

We are extremely pleased and proud to announce that OpenLaszlo 4.0 is now available. This is the first official release of the new multi-runtime edition of OpenLaszlo, complete with a native browser DHTML (”ajax”) runtime, a heavily revamped Flash (7, 8, 9) runtime, and much more. With OpenLaszlo 4.0, you can compile source LZX applications for any supported target with a single mouse click.

Check it out, you software dudes and dudesses.

In the "ain't that a kick in the head" department, I noticed this morning that I had forgotten to check my nifty new illustrations in to subversion, so the docs on the website temporarily have those little question mark thingies where the nifty illustrations should be.  Sort of like walking on stage for your big broadway debut & finding your fly open.  Oh well.

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You want me to compile with a MOUSE click? by herbert (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 12:52:43 PM EST
I'm sure what you meant to say was "a single keystroke".  Yes?  Good.

Times change, grandpa! by johnny (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 04:25:49 PM EST
Mouse click it is!

But you can still use emacs or vi to create the actual code, if that makes you feel any better.
... this is dreamworld after all... it isn't? Shit.

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The DHTML stuff seemed slow a few months ago by debacle (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 12:54:41 PM EST
Have you guys put a lot of effort into speeding thigns up?


all kinds of effort, junior by johnny (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 03:25:15 PM EST
Try it and see. Some things are faster in swf, some in DHTML, but both runtimes are faster than in the beta. Still some work to be done, of course.

We have no control over the JavaScript engine in any particular browser. Flash 9 will, in many areas, run circles around browser engines. I expect people who care about performance will compile to flash. But as I said, for things like image loading, DHTML is faster already. Determining which is best is an empirical exercise, depending on the app, OS, browser, flash version, etc.

Within the OpenLaszlo team there are different opinions about which runtime will prevail. I myself think that Flash will dominate.  We had to do DHTML because that's what the market wanted, but it seems silly to me, since everybody had Flash anyway. And besides, browsers have no native support for video,  so you cannot do a modern app for ajax anyway. Except mobiles and TV set tops, of course, which is where things get interesting.  It will take another year or so for this to sort itself out.

In the meantime Laszlo allows you to hedge your bets.
... this is dreamworld after all... it isn't? Shit.

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