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Google Competes in RIA?

Posted by Charles | August 18, 2008 .

I’m talking about gxp, the Google XML Pages, which is in 0.2 beta. Competes in RIA space? Well, take it look at the Hello World code:

<gxp:template name='com.google.sample.HelloWorld'
              xmlns='http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml'
              xmlns:gxp='http://google.com/2001/gxp'>
 
       <b>Hello,<br/> World!</b>
 
</gxp:template>

Does it look very familiar to you? Did you have the same feeling as you felt the first time you saw a Silverlight Hello World code? I bet you do and that’s what I meant.

GXP is an XML language. XML has a concept of “well-formedness”. Your file does not comply, hence the problem. XML is much more strict than HTML (and HTML is actually a lot more strict than most people realize — browsers are very forgiving and will accept a lot of invalid HTML).Here are the features of gxp:

  • Support for multiple languages (currently Java, C++ in progress).
  • Support for runtime compilation.
  • Compile-time type checking and partial markup validation.
  • Automatic escaping of untrusted content.
  • Internationalization support.
  • Convenient parameter passing/modularization system.
  • Very lightweight runtime system.
  • Strongly encourages functional (as opposed to imperative) style in templates.

Shoud Adobe be worried now, after Microsoft started riding the perfect wave Flex generated and now the Google beast moving in? One thing for sure though, that is Sun is biting its lip off for not going the same route with JavaFX. JavaFS Script, what the hack is that?

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