Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
Holy cow! Thomas Hansen of Frost Innovation really threw down the gauntlet by taking Adobe Flex to task with his post, 7 reasons not to consider Adobe Flex [and how Gaia compares]. Now, I’m not familiar enough with either Flex or Gaia to make a determination as to whether Thomas’ claims are on target or if he’s just trying to get some press for his company’s Gaia Ajax Widgets framework so I’ll let you guys be the judge. Some tidbits that stood out are:
1. Adobe Flex effectively don’t care about any of the web standards we have spent the last 4 decades building! Flex is not a standard and probably never will be. Adobe Flex is a proprietary technology owned and developed by one single industry player; Adobe. What Adobe chooses to do with Flex is 100% up to them to decide including abandon it or make it only work on PCs from Lenovo. If I know Adobe right I think you can also rest assure of that they have a billion patents registered for being able to port it.
7. Adobe Flex is lock-in technology! Owned by Adobe and (hopefully if you choose Flex) maintained by Adobe. Doesn’t interact with any other framework unless either Adobe builds it or you hack Adobe’s protocols.
and some of the pros he mentions about Gaia:
5. Gaia Ajax Widgets is 100% platform independent meaning if Microsoft goes bankrupt you’ll still be able to use Mono Project and Linux and if Novell goes Chapter 11 you’ll still be able to use ASP.NET and Windows Server 2003.
6. Gaia Ajax Widgets builds on top of standards like XHTML, CSS, ECMA, DOM and so on. Meaning everything in a Gaia Ajax Application has been around for more than a decade (almost) and heavily tested and found “worthy” by ANSI and W3C. Regarding security Gaia is 100% on top of ASP.NET and Mono meaning Gaia does not introduce any security issues that are not already present in either Mono or ASP.NET.
I know the market for RIA frameworks is red hot but this was a straight shot across the bow of a VERY big ship. Adobe?
Posted by Rey Bango at 6:30 am