[Seaside] Re: Comparison of Aida/Web,
Seaside and Iliad web frameworks
Boris Popov, DeepCove Labs
boris at deepcovelabs.com
Wed Jun 22 12:42:59 UTC 2011
I don't think Avi was talking about better XHR support or clean URLs or external file serving support etcetera (even though Seaside is perfectly capable of all 3). I'm pretty sure in the age of hashbang URIs all 3 of the frameworks listed are pretty much obsolete if all you're looking for is better structured callback support to drive client-side applications (which is why I'd really like to see JTalk evolve+succeed on the front-end, then we can tackle the backend support and it'll have very little to do with either framework in its current state). We all have to keep in mind that these frameworks don't generally evolve by someone deciding to spend their time on improving the framework for frameworks' sake. Instead, the improvements are secondary to folks trying to build real applications and needing solutions to design/implementation issues that come up in that process, so regardless of what's available in spreadsheets or issue trackers, folks will only work on things that they need and consider important.
Look, I have nothing against comparisons per se and my earlier post was meant to lighten the mood a bit by taking tables to extremes to show how easy it is to tip the scales (but Stephane is, indeed, a feature and, in all seriousness, we really could use someone like him in the VisualWorks community IMHO, so, Stephane, don't take offence to being included, it was a compliment). If I were to take this further (and I'm not sure I would), I'd start by stripping the spreadsheet down to bare minimums and making it editable. Yes, it may result in some noise, but like Wikipedia, it'll eventually settle down as most of us are reasonable adults, or so I like to think anyway. The key is making it dead simple for people to contribute. In fact, I tried to go down that list yesterday to add some comments and corrections, but upon discovering that it was read-only, it was no longer 'simple enough'.
From: seaside-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org [mailto:seaside-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org] On Behalf Of Janko Mivšek
Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 8:13 AM
To: Seaside - general discussion
Cc: Aida/Web general discussion list; iliad at googlegroups.com
Subject: [Seaside] Re: Comparison of Aida/Web,Seaside and Iliad web frameworks
Common guys, Ajax is 5 years old, let the Seaside finally come with Ajax support at least close to that in Iliad and Aida! Then study carefully what Nicolas Petton and his group is working on Iliad and Jtalk. We are doing so and incorporating but also extending his ideas in Aida. And on the other way too, Nico is listening what we are doing. Why not you too?
The most popular Smalltalk web framework sleeping on the successes in past is namely bad for all Smalltalk, that's why I'd like to open the debate about the web support in Smalltalk in general.
On the web we have an opportunity, are we loosing it?
That's why I'm pushing this comparison and that's why I'd have and ESUG talk titled "On the web frontiers with Smalltalk". And a panel is planned too.
So, Seasiders, come to the web frontiers again by looking what we others are doing, learn and adopt. And contribute some own innovative ideas to the Smalltalk on the web again!
S, Boris Popov, DeepCove Labs piše:
> You nailed it. We all know that Smalltalk community is small and,
> quite possibly, getting smaller, whether we like it or not. The
> exposure that Avi had given to Seaside resulted in a good mass of
> developers coming on board and it becoming a de facto web framework
> for developing dynamic and powerful applications in Smalltalk. Given
> the state of things today, I would honestly much rather see competing
> frameworks converge on a single path and their developers contribute
> to improving Seaside in hopes of it continuing to sustain or gain
> traction, similar to how RoR had pretty much taken over in Rubyland.
> *From:*seaside-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org
> [mailto:seaside-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org] *On Behalf Of
> *Nick Ager
> *Sent:* Tuesday, June 21, 2011 5:59 PM
> *To:* Seaside - general discussion
> *Subject:* Re: [Seaside] Comparison of Aida/Web, Seaside and Iliad web
> Hi Janko,
> What are you trying to achieve? Is the idea that we come up with some
> feature comparison, add up the ticks in the supported column and
> declare a winner?
> I joined the Smalltalk community because of Seaside or rather because
> of Avi Bryant's, Lukas's and others magical demonstrations that
> Seaside offered a compellingly more productive way of developing web
> applications. Some of the reason I continue to choose Seaside over
> * Component based
> * State management
> * DSL for Html generation
> * Neat integration with Scriptaculous and now JQuery for AJAX
> * #call, #answer semantics
> * active, friendly and technically deep development community.
> The question we should be asking ourselves is what compelling features
> can we develop which will attract a set of new developers to
> Smalltalk, otherwise it feels like we're bald men fighting over a comb.
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