[Seaside] Comparison of Aida/Web, Seaside and Iliad web frameworks

AA aa at serendip.demon.co.uk
Wed Jun 22 05:48:03 UTC 2011

Hi Janko

I'm curious about the features/differences between the three frameworks.

However, the current list appears to favour Aida/Web, and has been created by you; therefore it comes across as more of an advertisement than a comparison.  When such lists are compiled by anyone with a vested interest (eg. the creator!), suspicions and criticisms will be inevitable.  It is inescapable, regardless of your intentions.

So this is an undertaking that must be balanced very delicately, otherwise there is a risk of becoming alienated within the Smalltalk web community.

I'd say that the first thing to do when considering a comparison list is to poll others to find out which features should be compared - before even making a comparison!  There's already been some hard 'discussion' on this mailing list, yet the spreadsheet hasn't been edited to reflect those opinions.  So perhaps already people are shunning it, which makes it less valuable.

Also, when there are fundamental differences in the way a framework approaches the problem, a discrete list of 'features' becomes meaningless.  (It's like comparing Lisp and C - a feature comparison is impossible, because they are different paradigms!)  If this is the case, then the three frameworks should be examined at a more abstract level...  Ideally by an independent entity ;-)


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