Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
For a while, we’ve been giving a lot of thought to how Ajax developers can leverage their skills to play in the ISV marketplace. This conversation has gained a bit of heat over the past few months with the launch of Apple’s iPhone Marketplace–the fastest-growing ISV marketplace in software history.
We’ve talked about platforms like Adobe AIR, Appcelerator Titanium, Mozilla Prism, PhoneGap, and others that let Ajax developers package up web applications (in some cases with augmented platform APIs) and distribute them like desktop apps. In this story, we thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at an ISV actually leveraging this concept.
eCalc has created a comprehensive on-line calculator which they make available for free. In addition, they have Mac and Windows versions available for $15 each that take the Web code and run it on the desktop. All three versions are pretty much exactly the same codebase, just bundled differently. Interestingly, for Windows eCalc uses an AIR-like platform I’d never heard of before: MioFactory (which comes complete with its own scripting language and interpreter to complete Ajax / Flash content). On the Mac, they just use the Dashboard APIs. (Not sure why they don’t use Yahoo Widgets, Adobe AIR, etc.)
What do you think of Ajax as a desktop / mobile application development platform? Are you an ISV using Ajax for your commercial applications? Why have you had to do some development in desktop platforms lately?
Posted by Ben Galbraith at 4:48 pm