Friday, April 14th, 2006
The Morfik team has written a letter to the Ajaxian community, discussing their new chess application, and a lot more:
Last week we officially opened the Morfik website www.morfik.com to the general public and provided for download a fully featured release of the WebOS AppsBuilder for evaluation. I would appreciate it if you could review this release and share with your readers your thoughts on the product. But I would like to quickly say that this not the assistance I am seeking, though it would be nice J.
On our website we have established â€˜Morfik Labsâ€™ where we and some of our test developers are placing AppsBuilder sample examples (with source). These sample applications cover websites, business apps, games, mashups etc. They are at different stages of development and are focused on pushing the edges of what can run in the current breed of browsers. The Chess program in Morfik Labs is an example of this.
We are developers, not chess engine experts. We have never written a chess engine before. The code is not yet optimized nor is it the most efficient way of writing a chess engine. Our source code is open and we hope interested individuals will take on the challenge to work with us to take this application or its descendants to the next level. They are also welcome to take the concept/code and independently develop a browser based chess engine/application. This is where we would like your assistance; to find people who would be interested in working with us on the Chess program to see how far browser based applications can be taken in the area of raw computing.
This endeavor is driven by the belief that the frontiers of browser applications have not yet been reached for three reasons:
- Browsers â€˜raw powerâ€™ is progressing significantly due to competition. What was difficult to do yesterday is possible today and will be easy to accomplish tomorrow.
- The mindset of developers needs to shift further towards the browser, i.e. it is not just a ubiquitous presentation level but also a ubiquitous OS layer. We may remember the days when developers were asked to move from DOS to Windows. How often the concern was raised that Windows based applications ran slower than those in DOS (and anyway it was only fancy graphics)â€¦.but as improvements were made the vision and reality of what could be delivered merged. We are today at the same juncture with regards to browsers. We need to change in order to meet the future. And the future is good.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:33 am